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

Historical Examples of 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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for overarm



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


with the arm raised above the shoulder
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