from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Excessively eager; too ardent or impatient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Too eager; too impatient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Excessively eager, anxious, or excited.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective excessively eager


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ eager


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word overeager.


  • LAQUER: Oh, he always knew and associated himself with what is called overeager assistants -- he could have written one line, he could have pressed one button and the thing would have stopped, but he never did.

    The Long Road to Freedom: Russia & Glasnost

  • He couldn't stop looking at her and was starting to feel stupid about it, like he was some kind of overeager schoolboy in the presence of his first girlfriend.

    FAN FICTION: The Talisman, an X-Files Tale

  • Not so long ago, these very same people would have seen such talk as the kind of overeager self-congratulation that blinds a nation to its own mistakes and vulnerabilities.

    NPR Topics: News

  • How many producers will actually remix a remix, and how often do people pay that kind of overeager editing any mind?


  • He had seemed a bit overeager for conversation, hungry for it, and perhaps that was the shadow of what was coming.

    So If You See The Vulture Coming

  • Doula Jen, as Sarah had nicknamed her, arrived at our house to find one overeager student with freshly sharpened pencils and a crisp new notepad.

    Times Two

  • We could do with a few slip-ups – basketballers proving too tall to walk through the doors, the "wrong type of mud" at the BMX, an overeager health-and-safety steward snuffing out the Olympic flame.

    Sebastian Coe must be running on Jedi mind control| Emma John

  • But the majority of the Chinese artists who are squabbled over by blue chip dealers and by museums eager to feature them in prestigious one-person shows have one thing in common: The political and economic history between Mao's infamous cultural revolution and present-day China's overeager capitalism provides a recurrent touchstone in their art's imagery.

    Robert Ayers: Wang Huaiqing's Chinese Art in Seattle

  • Looks like reports of a Windows update causing a Black Screen of Death were just an antivirus company trying to get some free press, and overeager reporters willing to play along.

    A girl welcomes Cthulhu (link roundup)

  • • Video of an overeager fanboy charging the pearly gates and getting denied!

    Boing Boing


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.