overwork

[verb oh-ver-wurk; noun oh-ver-wurk]

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.

noun

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

Origin of overwork

before 1000; Old English oferwyrcan. See over-, work
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Related Words for overwork

exhaust, tire, weary, tax, labor, exploitation, strain, burden

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British Dictionary definitions for overwork

overwork

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
v.

"to cause to work too hard," 1520s, from over- + work (v.). Old English oferwyrcan meant "to work all over," i.e. "to decorate the whole surface of." Related: Overworked; overworking.

n.

"work beyond a person's strength," 1819; see overwork (v.). Old English oferweorc meant "a superstructure, sarcophagus, tomb."

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