[ oh-ver-struhng ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈstrʌŋ /


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

Origin of overstrung

First recorded in 1800–10; over- + strung

Definition for overstrung (2 of 2)

[ oh-ver-string ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈstrɪŋ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·strung; o·ver·strung or (Rare) o·ver·stringed; o·ver·string·ing.

Music. to arrange the strings of (a piano) so that the bass strings cross over the treble.
Archery. to string (a bow) too tightly.

Origin of overstring

First recorded in 1875–80; over- + string
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British Dictionary definitions for overstrung

/ (ˌəʊvəˈstrʌŋ) /


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