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.

Origin of overwind

First recorded in 1675–85; over- + wind2
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British Dictionary definitions for over-wind


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

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

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