The definition of overbearing is someone who is bossy, arrogant or overwhelming in their power.
An example of overbearing is a father not letting his teenage daughter have any friends.
- acting in a dictatorial manner; arrogant; domineering
- of transcending importance; overriding
- Domineering in manner; arrogant: an overbearing official. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
- Overwhelming in power or significance; predominant: “Democracy is … deranged by the overbearing influence of business and finance” ( William Greider )