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overweening

[oh-ver-wee-ning] /ˈoʊ vərˈwi nɪŋ/
adjective
1.
presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud:
a brash, insolent, overweening fellow.
2.
exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant:
overweening prejudice; overweening pride.
Origin of overweening
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English overwening(e) (gerund); see overween, -ing2
Related forms
overweeningly, adverb
overweeningness, noun

overween

[oh-ver-ween] /ˌoʊ vərˈwin/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
1.
to be conceited or arrogant.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English overwenen; see over-, ween
Related forms
overweener, noun
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overweening

/ˌəʊvəˈwiːnɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a person) excessively arrogant or presumptuous
2.
(of opinions, appetites, etc) excessive; immoderate
Derived Forms
overweeningly, adverb
overweeningness, noun
Word Origin
C14: over- + weening, from Old English wēnan: see ween
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Word Origin and History for overweening
adj.

mid-14c., from present participle of verb overwenen "be conceited, presume, be presumptuous, be over-confident," from Old English oferwenian "to be proud, become insolent or presumptuous;" see over- + ween.

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