overblown

1
[ oh-ver-blohn ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈbloʊn /

adjective

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

verb

past participle of overblow.

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Origin of overblown

1
First recorded in 1590–1600; over- + blown1

Definition for overblown (2 of 3)

overblown2
[ oh-ver-blohn ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈbloʊn /

adjective

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

Origin of overblown

2
First recorded in 1610–20; over- + blown2

Definition for overblown (3 of 3)

overblow
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for overblown (1 of 2)

overblown
/ (ˌəʊvəˈbləʊn) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for overblown (2 of 2)

overblow
/ (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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