over·​bite | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbīt How to pronounce overbite (audio) \

Definition of overbite

: the projection of the upper front teeth over the lower in the normal occlusal position of the jaws — compare underbite

Examples of overbite in a Sentence

He has a severe overbite.

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Sounds made more difficult by an overbite, such as bilabials, might be expected to decline—but many languages clearly keep them around. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "A change in our diets may have changed the way we speak," 14 Mar. 2019 There’s @TunaMeltsMyHeart, a chihuahua-dachshund mix with an overbite and 2 million followers; @BertiebertthePom, a photogenic Pomeranian with fur that seems heaven sent; and @Crusoe_Dachshund, who stars in his own original short films. Nicolas Heller, Vogue, "It’s Hard Out There for a Pet Influencer," 20 Dec. 2018 Natalie and her little brother, Alphonse—monsters of some sort, with overbites and googly eyes—both delight in books and stories. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Inspiring Words for Aspiring Readers," 13 Dec. 2018 If there are underlying skeletal problems, such as a narrow upper jaw, an underbite, or a severe overbite, intercepting these problems when a patient is younger helps guide the growth of the facial and jaw bones. Anna Nguyen, Philly.com, "What's the latest in orthodontic care?," 6 Apr. 2018 In December, Korda had major surgery on her jaw that involved inserting 27 screws to correct an overbite that had caused headaches and jaw pain for several years. Mike James, latimes.com, "Pernilla Lindberg leads ANA Inspiration, but Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson are also off to good starts," 30 Mar. 2018 Korda won three weeks ago in Thailand in her return from jaw surgery that corrected a severe overbite. BostonGlobe.com, "Tiger Woods starts strong but Henrik Stenson leads," 16 Mar. 2018 The style featuring characters with pliable foreheads and adorable overbites is all Aardman. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Delightful ‘Early Man’ mixes cavemen, soccer," 15 Feb. 2018 Instead, Louie is a cartoon character with yellow skin, a large overbite, no chin, and no eyebrows. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Appeals Court Won't Let 'Goodfellas' Actor Have Another Shot at 'Simpsons' Mob Character," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of overbite

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overbite was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of overbite

: a condition in which your upper teeth are too far in front of your lower teeth


over·​bite | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbīt How to pronounce overbite (audio) \

Medical Definition of overbite

: the projection of the upper anterior teeth over the lower when the jaws are in the position they occupy in occlusion — compare overjet, underbite

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