[ oh-ver-ahrm ]

  1. thrown or performed by raising the arm above the shoulder: an overarm pitch; an overarm swimming stroke.

Origin of overarm

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; over- + arm1

Words Nearby overarm

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How to use overarm in a sentence

  • She was swimming with deliberate ease, with a long, single overarm stroke; and it was evident that she had not seen the ketch.

    Wild Oranges | Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for overarm


/ (ˈəʊvərˌɑːm) sport /

  1. bowled, thrown, or performed with the arm raised above the shoulder

  1. with the arm raised above the shoulder

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