over·​beat ˌō-vər-ˈbēt How to pronounce overbeat (audio)
overbeat; overbeaten ˌō-vər-ˈbē-tᵊn How to pronounce overbeat (audio) or overbeat; overbeating

transitive + intransitive

: to beat (something, such as eggs) excessively
The first time I made this pie, I slightly overbeat the egg whites.Ann Fulton
Do not overbeat or the dough will become tough.Troid Brett

Examples of overbeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don't overbeat your batter: For a dense, creamy cheesecake that won't crack, avoid overbeating and incorporating excess air into your ingredients. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 Don't overbeat your batter. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 6 Aug. 2022 Take care not to overbeat. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 May 2021 Slowly add the remaining flour, being careful not to overbeat. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overbeat was in 1979

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Cite this Entry

“Overbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbeat. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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