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overripe

[oh-ver-rahyp]
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adjective
  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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Examples from the Web for over-ripe

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

overripe

adjective
  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

adj.

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

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