[ oh-ver-ahrm ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌɑrm /


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
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Examples from the Web for overarm

  • The only stroke possible was the overarm, and his hands fell with a gummy plop instead of the heartsome splash of open water.

  • Presently his shoulder muscles ached and burned so keenly, he could no longer continue the overarm.

  • If we take up fast swimming, we must learn one of the various overhand or overarm strokes.

    Outdoor Sports and Games|Claude H. Miller

British Dictionary definitions for overarm

/ (ˈəʊvərˌɑːm) sport /


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


with the arm raised above the shoulder
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