What is the difference between over and overly? what these words called like one adverb or another noun etc. My English is not all good.

If I am saying over confident and overly confident, what is the difference?

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    There is very little difference, aside from style. Note that overconfident is actually a single closed-word adjective. It would nornally not be written as over confident in this sense. Apr 29, 2020 at 20:08

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To my ear:
He was over-confident (in his ability to recall information), so didn't bother studying.
He didn't bother studying, overly-confident (in his ability to recall information).

The former is an adjective phrase and the latter an adverb(ial) phrase.

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