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

Nearby words

  1. overvoltage,
  2. overwatch,
  3. overwear,
  4. overweary,
  5. overween,
  6. overweigh,
  7. overweight,
  8. overwhelm,
  9. overwhelmed,
  10. 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



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



(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



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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