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  1. overly tense or sensitive; strained; on edge: Their nerves were badly overstrung.
  2. Archery. (of a bow) strung too tightly.
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Origin of overstrung

First recorded in 1800–10; over- + strung


verb (used with object), o·ver·strung; o·ver·strung or (Rare) o·ver·stringed; o·ver·string·ing.
  1. Music. to arrange the strings of (a piano) so that the bass strings cross over the treble.
  2. Archery. to string (a bow) too tightly.
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Origin of overstring

First recorded in 1875–80; over- + string
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Related Words for overstrung

frantic, restless, skittish, uneasy, uptight, tense, excited, affected, agitated, crazy, distracted, emotional, excitable, high, nervous, neurotic, overexcited, overworked, spent, tired

Examples from the Web for overstrung

Historical Examples of 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

    Margaret Widdemer

  • And to Katherine, overstrung as she was, the words came as a rebuke.

  • 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.


    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for overstrung


  1. too highly strung; tense
  2. (of a piano) having two sets of strings crossing each other at an oblique angle
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