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overweening

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adjective over·ween·ing \-ˈwē-niŋ\

Simple Definition of overweening

  • : too confident or proud

  • : too great : excessive and unpleasant

Full Definition of overweening

over·ween·ing·ly adverb

Examples of overweening

  1. <a director who has little patience for overweening actors who think they are above taking advice and criticism>

  2. <overweening desire for wealth and fame>



Origin of overweening

Middle English overwening, present participle of overwenen to be arrogant, from over + wenen to ween


First Known Use: 14th century



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