[ verb oh-ver-wurk; noun oh-ver-wurk ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈwɜrk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌwɜrk /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess: You look as though you've been overworking.


work beyond one's strength or capacity.
extra or excessive work.

Nearby words

  1. overwire,
  2. overwise,
  3. overwithhold,
  4. overword,
  5. overwore,
  6. overworked,
  7. overworn,
  8. overwrite,
  9. overwrought,
  10. overzealous

Origin of overwork

before 1000; Old English oferwyrcan. See over-, work

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verb (ˌəʊvəˈwɜːk) (mainly tr)

(also intr) to work or cause to work too hard or too long
to use too muchto overwork an excuse
to decorate the surface of
to work up

noun (ˈəʊvəˌwɜːk)

excessive or excessively tiring work
Derived Formsoverworked, adjective

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Word Origin and History for overwork
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