overbearing

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Overbearing \O'ver*bear"ing\, adjective

1. Overpowering; subduing; repressing. --I. Watts.

2. Aggressively haughty; arrogant; domineering; tyrannical; dictatorial; insolent. --{O'ver*bear"ing*ly}, adverb -- {O'ver*bear"ing*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

overbearing

adjective

1: expecting unquestioning obedience; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter" [syn: {authoritarian}, {dictatorial}, {overbearing}]

2: having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer [syn: {disdainful}, {haughty}, {imperious}, {lordly}, {overbearing}, {prideful}, {sniffy}, {supercilious}, {swaggering}]


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