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overweening

[ oh-ver-wee-ning ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈwi nɪŋ /
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adjective

presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow.
exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride.

RELATED WORDS

brash, cavalier, conceited, haughty, insolent, lordly, pompous, presumptuous, pushy, supercilious, vain, egotistical

Nearby words

overvoltage, overwatch, overwear, overweary, overween, overweening, overweigh, overweight, overwhelm, overwhelmed, overwhelming

Origin of overweening

1300–50; Middle English overwening(e) (gerund); see overween, -ing2
Related formso·ver·ween·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·ween·ing·ness, noun

Definition for overweening (2 of 2)

overween

[ oh-ver-ween ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈwin /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to be conceited or arrogant.

Origin of overween

1275–1325; Middle English overwenen; see over-, ween
Related formso·ver·ween·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overweening

overweening

/ (ˌəʊvəˈwiːnɪŋ) /

adjective

(of a person) excessively arrogant or presumptuous
(of opinions, appetites, etc) excessive; immoderate
Derived Formsoverweeningly, adverboverweeningness, noun

Word Origin for overweening

C14: over- + weening, from Old English wēnan: see ween
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Word Origin and History for overweening

overweening


adj.

mid-14c., from present participle of verb overwenen "be conceited, presume, be presumptuous, be over-confident," from Old English oferwenian "to be proud, become insolent or presumptuous;" see over- + ween.

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