[verb oh-ver-huhng; adjective oh-ver-huhng]
  1. hung or suspended from above: an overhung door.

Origin of overhung

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + hung


[verb oh-ver-hang; noun oh-ver-hang]
verb (used with object), o·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing.
  1. to hang or be suspended over: A great chandelier overhung the ballroom.
  2. to extend, project, or jut over: A wide balcony overhangs the garden.
  3. to impend over or threaten, as danger or evil; loom over: The threat of war overhung Europe.
  4. to spread throughout; permeate; pervade: the melancholy that overhung the proceedings.
  5. Informal. to hover over, as a threat or menace: Unemployment continues to overhang the economic recovery.
verb (used without object), o·ver·hung, o·ver·hang·ing.
  1. to hang over; project or jut out over something below: How far does the balcony overhang?
  1. something that extends or juts out over; projection.
  2. the extent of projection, as of the bow of a ship.
  3. Informal. an excess or surplus: an overhang of office space in midtown.
  4. a threat or menace: to face the overhang of foreign reprisals.
  5. Architecture. a projecting upper part of a building, as a roof or balcony.

Origin of overhang

First recorded in 1590–1600; over- + hang
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Examples from the Web for overhung

Historical Examples of overhung

  • They had almost reached the belt of trees that overhung the road.

  • Away to the left the water widened out, and was overhung by a haze of heat.

  • A moment later and he entered the bush that fringed the path and overhung it.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The forehead, which overhung his small, keen eyes, was large and wrinkled.

    A Dog with a Bad Name

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • On the opposite side, the end of a rail projected and overhung.

British Dictionary definitions for overhung


verb (ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ) -hangs, -hanging or -hung
  1. to project or extend beyond (a surface, building, etc)
  2. (tr) to hang or be suspended over
  3. (tr) to menace, threaten, or dominate
noun (ˈəʊvəˌhæŋ)
  1. a formation, object, part of a structure, etc, that extends beyond or hangs over something, such as an outcrop of rock overhanging a mountain face
  2. the amount or extent of projection
  3. aeronautics
    1. half the difference in span of the main supporting surfaces of a biplane or other multiplane
    2. the distance from the outer supporting strut of a wing to the wing tip
  4. finance the shares, collectively, that the underwriters have to buy when a new issue has not been fully taken up by the market
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Word Origin and History for overhung



1590s, from over- + hang (v.). Related: Overhung; overhanging.



"fact of overhanging," 1864, from overhang (v.).

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