overwind

[oh-ver-wahynd]

verb (used with object), o·ver·wound, o·ver·wind·ing.

to wind beyond the proper limit; wind too far: He must have overwound his watch.

Nearby words

  1. overweigh,
  2. overweight,
  3. overwhelm,
  4. overwhelmed,
  5. overwhelming,
  6. overwinter,
  7. overwintering,
  8. overwire,
  9. overwise,
  10. overwithhold

Origin of overwind

First recorded in 1675–85; over- + wind2

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British Dictionary definitions for over-wind

overwind

verb -winds, -winding or -wound

(tr) to wind (a watch) beyond the proper limit
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Word Origin and History for over-wind

over-wind

v.

also overwind, "wind too tight," c.1600, from over- + wind (v.1). Related: Over-wound; over-winding.

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