over·​bought ˌō-vər-ˈbȯt How to pronounce overbought (audio)
: not likely to show an immediate rise in price because of prior heavy buying and accompanying price rises
an overbought market

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The shares were trading higher 0.4% on Tuesday, still remaining in overbought territory. Jeran Wittenstein, Fortune, 16 May 2023 The weekly chart for the S&P 500 (4,180.38) is positive but extremely overbought. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The weekly chart for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) is positive but extremely overbought. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Warning signs were already showing in the market last week, with the gauge trading in overbought territory, above its 200-day moving average and higher than the key 27,000 point level. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Jan. 2019 These three sectors are starting to look overbought. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 28 June 2019 When the Nasdaq 100 Index reached all-time highs in January, the gains were fairly broad-based, with roughly 40 percent of its constituents in overbought territory and at 52-week highs. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, 5 June 2018 As the tech-heavy gauge hit new records this month, the advance is concentrated in big names -- fewer than 20 percent of its members are overbought and at one-year highs. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, 5 June 2018 The Hong Kong shares have been either oversold or overbought -- and often both -- every year since its 2002 initial public offering in the city. Bloomberg.com, 2 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbought was in 1925

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“Overbought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbought. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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