[ oh-ver-rawt, oh-ver- ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈrɔt, ˌoʊ vər- /


extremely or excessively excited or agitated: to become overwrought on hearing bad news; an overwrought personality.
elaborated to excess; excessively complex or ornate: written in a florid, overwrought style.
Archaic. wearied or exhausted by overwork.

Words nearby overwrought

Origin of overwrought

First recorded in 1660–70; over- + wrought

SYNONYMS FOR overwrought

1 overexcited, worked up, wrought up, distracted, frantic.

Definition for overwrought (2 of 2)

[ 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.

Origin of overwork

before 1000; Old English oferwyrcan. See over-, work
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British Dictionary definitions for overwrought (1 of 2)

/ (ˌəʊvəˈrɔːt) /


full of nervous tension; agitated
too elaborate; fussyan overwrought style
(often postpositive and foll by with) with the surface decorated or adorned

British Dictionary definitions for overwrought (2 of 2)


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 forms of overwork

overworked, adjective
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