- to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively): Don't overwork yourself on that new job.
- to work up, stir up, or excite excessively: to overwork a mob to the verge of frenzy.
- to employ or elaborate to excess: an appeal for sympathy that has been overworked by many speakers.
- to work or decorate all over; decorate the surface of: white limestone overworked with inscriptions.
- to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess: You look as though you've been overworking.
- work beyond one's strength or capacity.
- extra or excessive work.
Origin of overwork
Examples from the Web for overworked
Doctors, who were overworked and underpaid, began taking bribes to provide care.Will US Health Care Follow in China’s Bloody Footsteps?
September 21, 2014
When he emerges, he makes slow, overworked progress towards the boat, which is now about a hundred meters away.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
How could we trust our lives in the hands of people that are overworked, starved and not given their just compensation?How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
And some reptiles add a fourth function to the overworked cloacal repository–that of respiration as well.What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists
January 14, 2014
Log line: Sean Hayes plays an overworked, divorced—and gay—dad whose life is upended when his 14-year-old daughter moves in.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon
July 16, 2013
She shared in the fun, and for the first time since her mother died was not overworked.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
No doubt it has been overworked by enthusiastic believers in its efficiency.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
But if I'd overworked myself in it, I should tear myself away.Audrey Craven
Women who are so overworked that they have no time to think of it.
I began to fear he had overworked himself into a brain fever.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
Jerome K. Jerome
- (also intr) to work or cause to work too hard or too long
- to use too muchto overwork an excuse
- to decorate the surface of
- to work up
- excessive or excessively tiring work
Word Origin and History for overworked
"work beyond a person's strength," 1819; see overwork (v.). Old English oferweorc meant "a superstructure, sarcophagus, tomb."