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I hear or read both phrases regularly, and they seem to have the same meaning to me. But do they have different meanings? Or is “overly confident” even grammatically correct?

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    You keep using the word "gramatically" in your questions. It hurts. – RegDwigнt Apr 5 '12 at 13:19
  • so what do you suppose I should use? I wanted to ask if the grammar was correct. – Mel Apr 5 '12 at 14:37
  • Mel, try to spell the word correctly. – James Waldby - jwpat7 Apr 5 '12 at 16:27
  • oh sorry my bad. – Mel Apr 6 '12 at 13:08
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Confident is an adjective and overly is an adverb. Adjectives are usually modified by adverbs. This is a perfectly normal and grammatical construction.

The other word is usually written as one word: overconfident.

The meanings are the same.

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