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  1. too ripe; more than ripe: overripe tomatoes.
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Origin of overripe

First recorded in 1665–75; over- + ripe
Related formso·ver·ripe·ly, adverbo·ver·ripe·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The richer the pears the better; but they must not be over-ripe.

    The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;

    Charlotte Campbell Bury

  • Probably it is over-ripe when it falls; the hold is loosened; its time is up.

    The Apple-Tree

    L. H. Bailey

  • The grasshoppers were partial to celery, over-ripe bananas, and moisture.

  • Grape juice is made from clean, sound but not over-ripe grapes.

  • Into this hive the cluster will fall as heavily as an over-ripe fruit.

    The Life of the Bee

    Maurice Maeterlinck

British Dictionary definitions for over-ripe


  1. (of food, cheese, etc) past the usual stage of being ready to eat or use
  2. overused or overly sentimental and emotionalhis love songs are overripe ballads
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Word Origin and History for over-ripe


1670s, from over- + ripe (adj.).

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