- past participle of overdo.
- cooked too long or too much: The roast was overdone. I dislike overdone steak.
- excessive or strained; exaggerated: Don't you think his politeness is overdone?
- overtaxed; exhausted: You're looking a bit overdone from that hike.
Origin of overdone
- to do to excess; overindulge in: to overdo dieting.
- to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit: He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
- to overact (a part); exaggerate.
- to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
- to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.
- to do too much; go to an extreme: Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
Origin of overdo
Examples from the Web for overdone
Contemporary Examples of overdone
As with any exercise, it can be overdone to the point of diminishing returns and negative health consequences.Dispelling the ‘Chronic Cardio’ Myth
April 23, 2014
The “reaction to shutdowns is overdone,” wrote Michael Goldfarb.What the Rest of the World Thinks of America’s Shutdown
October 3, 2013
At 143 minutes and with a $225 million price tag, Man of Steel feels overlong and overdone.‘Man of Steel,’ New Superman Movie Starring Henry Cavill, Falls Flat
June 11, 2013
Cook has no chemistry with Wolf, who is overdone and annoying all on her own.TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2012-13’s New Shows
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
June 12, 2012
They were the only clients in the grand, overdone dining room, and as French intellectuals will do, they talked endlessly.France's Favorite Philosopher Does Battle
Janine di Giovanni
January 21, 2011
Historical Examples of overdone
Linda realized that she had overdone her disinterestedness a trifle.Her Father's Daughter
I tell you I was overdone with this terrific weather that seemed to have no end to it.The Secret Sharer
Its humor, too, is of a worthier sort, less likely to be forced and overdone.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It was vulgar, it was overdone, it was absurd, but it was alive.Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
G. K. Chesterton
He sat down amid a dead silence, conscious he had overdone it.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
- to take or carry too far; do to excess
- to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
- to cook or bake too long
- overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
Word Origin and History for overdone
Old English ofer-done "carried to excess;" see overdo. Of cooking from 1680s.
Old English oferdon "to do too much," from ofer (see over) + don (see do (v.)). Common Germanic (cf. Old High German ubartuan). Meaning "to overtax, exhaust" (especially in phrase to overdo it) is attested from 1817. Of food, "to cook too long," first recorded 1680s (in past participle adjective overdone).