v. o·ver·dressed, o·ver·dress·ing, o·ver·dress·es
1. To dress oneself more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable: When I saw the other guests' casual attire, I knew I had overdressed.
2. To dress oneself too warmly: She left her jacket in the car, realizing she had overdressed for the beach.
1. To dress more formally or elaborately than appropriate or desirable: He overdressed himself by wearing a tuxedo to a casual restaurant.
2. To dress too warmly: The nanny overdressed the children, misjudging how hot the day would be.
A skirted garment, such as a pinafore, worn over other outer clothing.
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