too ripe; more than ripe: overripe tomatoes.

Origin of overripe

First recorded in 1665–75; over- + ripe
Related formso·ver·ripe·ly, adverbo·ver·ripe·ness, noun
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  • Plants that are overripe are inferior to those that are cut early.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • From the facts that I did have, something smelled of overripe seafood.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • The fruit is blue-black and sweet, and pleasant to the taste if not overripe.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The use of an overripe starter may also have an injurious effect on the flavor.

  • Green fruit and fruit which is overripe should never be eaten.

    Health Lessons

    Alvin Davison

British Dictionary definitions for overripe



(of food, cheese, etc) past the usual stage of being ready to eat or use
overused or overly sentimental and emotionalhis love songs are overripe ballads
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