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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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  • Fruit that is just a little underripe contains more pectin than the mature or overripe fruits.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • Green fruit and fruit which is overripe should never be eaten.

    Health Lessons Alvin Davison
  • Too great a degree of acidity in canned tomatoes may be due to climatic conditions or overripe or underripe product.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • Fruit should be sound, firm and not overripe and carefully prepared.

  • Then an overripe potato whizzed through the air and burst against the shop wall a few inches from the reader's head.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • An overripe pineapple is just as unsatisfactory as one that is not ripe enough.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • overripe or fermenting bananas crushed and placed in the bait pans give good results, especially with milk added to them.

    The House Fly and How to Suppress It L. O. Howard and F. C. Bishopp
  • For canning purposes, only firm, fresh apricots and peaches that are not overripe should be selected.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • In an apple-tree a thrush was singing; the gooseberries were overripe; beet-roots were flowering everywhere.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for overripe


(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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