- presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow.
- exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride.
Origin of overweening
- to be conceited or arrogant.
Origin of overween
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Related Wordsbrash, cavalier, conceited, haughty, insolent, lordly, pompous, presumptuous, pushy, supercilious, vain, egotistical
Examples from the Web for overweening
Nor does his attempt fail from any overweening or blindness, in himself.A Dish Of Orts
It may have been Milburgh's overweening faith in his own genius.The Daffodil Mystery
And have you, young lady, any of that overweening prejudice in favour of your own island?The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
Of overweening egotism Pattison himself at any rate had none.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
There is an overweening vanity about that man which is quite upsetting.The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson
- (of a person) excessively arrogant or presumptuous
- (of opinions, appetites, etc) excessive; immoderate
C14: over- + weening, from Old English wēnan: see ween
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Word Origin and History for overweening
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