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overblown1

[oh-ver-blohn] /ˈoʊ vərˈbloʊn/
adjective
1.
overdone or excessive:
overblown praise.
2.
of unusually large size or proportions:
a majestic, overblown figure.
3.
overinflated; turgid; bombastic; pretentious:
overblown prose.
verb
4.
past participle of overblow.
Origin of overblown1
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; over- + blown1

overblown2

[oh-ver-blohn] /ˈoʊ vərˈbloʊn/
adjective
1.
(of a flower) past the stage of full bloom; more than full-blown:
an overblown rose.
Origin
First recorded in 1610-20; over- + blown2

overblow

[oh-ver-bloh] /ˌoʊ vərˈbloʊ/
verb (used with object), overblew, overblown, overblowing.
1.
to give excessive importance or value to:
to overblow one's own writing.
2.
to overinflate.
3.
to blow over the surface of, as the wind, sand, or the like:
dead leaves overblowing the yard.
4.
to blow (a wind instrument or an organ pipe) in such a way as to produce overtones.
verb (used without object), overblew, overblown, overblowing.
5.
to overblow a wind instrument.
Origin
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at over-, blow2
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  • Or ‘Friar Tuck’ so overblown He tipped the scale at fifteen stone.

  • One of these is notoriously tumidity—an overblown exaggeration of phrase.

  • Surely she could never become gross and overblown, the damask fading to an underwater bleach, dugs swollen to down pillows!

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Yet Laura was neither gross nor unclean—indeed, pretty in her overblown way, and certainly friendly.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • He looked like an overblown schoolboy, and though I felt so sorry for him, I could hardly help laughing.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for overblown

overblown

/ˌəʊvəˈbləʊn/
adjective
1.
overdone or excessive
2.
bombastic; turgid: overblown prose
3.
(of flowers, such as the rose) past the stage of full bloom

overblow

/ˌəʊvəˈbləʊ/
verb -blows, -blowing, -blew, -blown
1.
(music) to blow into (a wind instrument) with greater force than normal in order to obtain a harmonic or overtone instead of the fundamental tone
2.
to blow (a wind instrument) or (of a wind instrument) to be blown too hard
3.
to blow over, away, or across
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Word Origin and History for overblown
adj.

late 15c., "blown over, passed away," past participle adjective from verb overblow "to blow over the top of," of a storm, "to abate, pass on" (late 14c.), from over- + blow (v.). Meaning "inflated, puffed up" (with vanity, etc.) is from 1864.

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