too ripe; more than ripe: overripe tomatoes.

Origin of overripe

First recorded in 1665–75; over- + ripe
Related formso·ver·ripe·ly, adverbo·ver·ripe·ness, noun
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(of food, cheese, etc) past the usual stage of being ready to eat or use
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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