- overly tense or sensitive; strained; on edge: Their nerves were badly overstrung.
- Archery. (of a bow) strung too tightly.
Origin of overstrung
Origin of overstring
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Examples from the Web for overstrung
But it is all through every one being so overstrung, I suppose.Hunting the Skipper
George Manville Fenn
Now, Phyllis was tired with much hurried work, and overstrung.The Rose Garden Husband
And to Katherine, overstrung as she was, the words came as a rebuke.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
He knew this time that it was not the hallucination of overstrung nerves.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
Stunned by his overstrung emotions, he could only bow his head.Visionaries
- too highly strung; tense
- (of a piano) having two sets of strings crossing each other at an oblique angle
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