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adjective (1)

over·​blown ˌō-vər-ˈblōn How to pronounce overblown (audio)
: past the prime of bloom
overblown roses


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adjective (2)

: excessively large in girth : portly
: inflated
overblown claims
overblown rhetoric
also : pretentious

Examples of overblown in a Sentence

Adjective (2) overblown predictions of financial calamity after the company had one bad quarter
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Word History


Adjective (1)

blow entry 3

Adjective (2)

blow entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overblown was circa 1625

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“Overblown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overblown. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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