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.
Recent Examples on the Web The titular character is a red ant, who in Mr. Roldán’s scratchy drawings has a bulbous body, long antennae and a comical overbite. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Her mouth comprised an overbite, protruding front teeth and two full lips. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 The roof plate protruded, like a slight overbite, casting shade. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 The ocean episode is for only the truly brave, those unbothered by fish who have very humanoid overbites. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2018

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Overbite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbite. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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