transitive verb

: to dissipate by or as if by wind : blow away
: to cover (as with snow) by blowing or being blown
: to blow (a pipe or other wind instrument) so vigorously as to evoke undesirable overtones that sometimes completely mask the fundamental tone
: to continue to blow in a converter after the impurities have been removed (as carbon from iron or sulfur from copper) completely or below a proper percentage
: distend, swell
whom stout and high living have much overblowDonagh MacDonagh
: to puff up to inflated proportions : give a false pathos or bombastic or flamboyant quality to
would have been easy to overblow the storyC. W. Morton

intransitive verb

of the wind, archaic : to blow too hard to allow light sails (as topsails) to be carried
: to force wind into a wind musical instrument in such a way as to change its pitch typically producing an overtone instead of its fundamental tone

Word History


Middle English overblowen, from over entry 1 + blowen to blow

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“Overblow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overblow. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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