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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.

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Origin of overweening

1300–50; Middle English overwening(e) (gerund); see overween, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM overweening

o·ver·ween·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·ween·ing·ness, 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 forms of overweening

overweeningly, adverboverweeningness, noun

Word Origin for overweening

C14: over- + weening, from Old English wēnan: see ween
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