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[oh-ver-rahyp] /ˈoʊ vərˈraɪp/
too ripe; more than ripe:
overripe tomatoes.
Origin of overripe
First recorded in 1665-75; over- + ripe
Related forms
overripely, adverb
overripeness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With this stick I'll bring you down from the roof to the ground, like an over-ripe mango.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Probably it is over-ripe when it falls; the hold is loosened; its time is up.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • In case of fruits, be sure that the specimens are not over-ripe when placed in storage.

  • Grape juice is made from clean, sound but not over-ripe grapes.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • I could make them out, pursed at the mastheads and hanging down as far as the cross-trees, like huge, over-ripe pears.

  • Into this hive the cluster will fall as heavily as an over-ripe fruit.

    The Life of the Bee Maurice Maeterlinck
  • The misfortune was, the heiress in question was of an over-ripe age, with a nose too red for my taste, and I neglected her.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • The local taste in over-ripe and bad pears was most surprising.

    A Kut Prisoner H. C. W. Bishop
  • The richer the pears the better; but they must not be over-ripe.

  • over-ripe clover, vetches, or rye-grass are liable to produce the disease.

British Dictionary definitions for over-ripe


(of food, cheese, etc) past the usual stage of being ready to eat or use
overused or overly sentimental and emotional: his love songs are overripe ballads
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for over-ripe

1670s, from over- + ripe (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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