- overdone or excessive: overblown praise.
- of unusually large size or proportions: a majestic, overblown figure.
- overinflated; turgid; bombastic; pretentious: overblown prose.
- past participle of overblow.
Origin of overblown1
- (of a flower) past the stage of full bloom; more than full-blown: an overblown rose.
Origin of overblown2
- to give excessive importance or value to: to overblow one's own writing.
- to overinflate.
- to blow over the surface of, as the wind, sand, or the like: dead leaves overblowing the yard.
- to blow (a wind instrument or an organ pipe) in such a way as to produce overtones.
- to overblow a wind instrument.
Origin of overblow
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Examples from the Web for overblown
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Funny enough, my mom and dad soon began watching the show with me, realizing that their initial concerns were overblown.Growing Up with Bart Simpson
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It was there, Walker pointed out, that the two of them had the overblown “confrontation” that had now taken over his life.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
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But Dr. Rebecca Brightman, an ob-gyn in private practice, cautioned that such fears are overblown.The Next Big Environmental Fight: Tampons?
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But as these athletes make such revelations, critics (and some supporters) say the hubbub is overblown.The Jason Collins Effect: Yes, They Can
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Or ‘Friar Tuck’ so overblown He tipped the scale at fifteen stone.A Humorous History of England
One of these is notoriously tumidity—an overblown exaggeration of phrase.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)
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Surely she could never become gross and overblown, the damask fading to an underwater bleach, dugs swollen to down pillows!
Yet Laura was neither gross nor unclean—indeed, pretty in her overblown way, and certainly friendly.
He looked like an overblown schoolboy, and though I felt so sorry for him, I could hardly help laughing.The Moon and Sixpence
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- overdone or excessive
- bombastic; turgidoverblown prose
- (of flowers, such as the rose) past the stage of full bloom
- 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
- to blow (a wind instrument) or (of a wind instrument) to be blown too hard
- to blow over, away, or across
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Word Origin and History for overblown
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