overwrought

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

adjective

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.

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Origin of overwrought

First recorded in 1660–70; over- + wrought

SYNONYMS FOR overwrought

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

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British Dictionary definitions for overwrought

overwrought
/ (ˌəʊvəˈrɔːt) /

adjective

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