overactive


overactive
   naughty
   An excuse or delusion of parents whose lack of discipline may have caused the problem:
    'We do have a special course for the Over-Active Underachiever,' continued the headmaster. (Sharpe, 1982)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • overactive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excessively active. DERIVATIVES overactivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • overactive — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • overactive — adjective too active, in a way that produces a bad result: Paul s illness was due to an overactive thyroid. | have an overactive imagination (=tend to imagine things that are untrue): The rumor is probably just the result of someone s overactive… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • overactive — adjective Date: 1647 excessively or abnormally active < overactive glands > < an overactive imagination > • overactivity noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overactive — over·ac·tive .ō və rak tiv adj excessively or abnormally active <an overactive mind> <overactive glands> over·ac·tiv·i·ty .rak tiv ət ē n, pl ties …   Medical dictionary

  • overactive — o|ver|ac|tive [ˌəuvərˈæktıv US ˌouv ] adj too active, in a way that produces a bad result ≠ underactive ▪ an overactive thyroid gland ▪ Such fears are nothing more than the product of an overactive imagination …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overactive — o|ver|ac|tive [ ,ouvər æktıv ] adjective 1. ) causing harm by being too active: an overactive gene 2. ) if you have an overactive imagination, you tend to imagine things that are not true …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overactive — UK [ˌəʊvərˈæktɪv] / US [ˌoʊvərˈæktɪv] adjective 1) causing harm by being too active an overactive gene 2) if you have an overactive imagination, you tend to imagine things that are not true …   English dictionary

  • overactive — adj. Overactive is used with these nouns: ↑imagination …   Collocations dictionary

  • overactive — overactivity, overactiveness, n. /oh veuhr ak tiv/, adj. exceptionally or excessively active; too active. [1640 50; OVER + ACTIVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • overactive — adjective Excessively active. Syn: hyperactive Ant: underactive …   Wiktionary


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