[ oh-ver-blohn ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈbloʊn /


overdone or excessive: overblown praise.
of unusually large size or proportions: a majestic, overblown figure.
overinflated; turgid; bombastic; pretentious: overblown prose.


past participle of overblow.

Nearby words

  1. overbearing,
  2. overbid,
  3. overbite,
  4. overblouse,
  5. overblow,
  6. overboard,
  7. overbook,
  8. overbooked,
  9. overboot,
  10. overbore

Origin of overblown

First recorded in 1590–1600; over- + blown1


[ oh-ver-blohn ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈbloʊn /


(of a flower) past the stage of full bloom; more than full-blown: an overblown rose.

Origin of overblown

First recorded in 1610–20; over- + blown2


[ oh-ver-bloh ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈbloʊ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·blew, o·ver·blown, o·ver·blow·ing.

to give excessive importance or value to: to overblow one's own writing.
to overinflate.
to blow over the surface of, as the wind, sand, or the like: dead leaves overblowing the yard.
to blow (a wind instrument or an organ pipe) in such a way as to produce overtones.

verb (used without object), o·ver·blew, o·ver·blown, o·ver·blow·ing.

to overblow a wind instrument.

Origin of overblow

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, blow2

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/ (ˌəʊvəˈbləʊn) /


overdone or excessive
bombastic; turgidoverblown prose
(of flowers, such as the rose) past the stage of full bloom


/ (ˌəʊvəˈbləʊ) /

verb -blows, -blowing, -blew or -blown

music to blow into (a wind instrument) with greater force than normal in order to obtain a harmonic or overtone instead of the fundamental tone
to blow (a wind instrument) or (of a wind instrument) to be blown too hard
to blow over, away, or across
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Word Origin and History for overblown



late 15c., "blown over, passed away," past participle adjective from verb overblow "to blow over the top of," of a storm, "to abate, pass on" (late 14c.), from over- + blow (v.). Meaning "inflated, puffed up" (with vanity, etc.) is from 1864.

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