over·​drawn ˌō-vər-ˈdrȯn How to pronounce overdrawn (audio)
: having an overdrawn account

Examples of overdrawn in a Sentence

his war stories were embellished with overdrawn descriptions of battle and efforts to save the wounded
Recent Examples on the Web Marcum described how California’s great agricultural underbelly withered under cloudless skies, with vast stretches of farmland slowly sagging on top of overdrawn aquifers. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 An extended transcript of Scalia’s testimony to then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) during his confirmation hearings, largely recounted to make the current president look ill-informed, seemed especially overdrawn. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2023 With the climate crisis in mind, architects are looking to more resilient options that don’t depend on the overdrawn electrical grid at all. Helen Bradshaw, Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2023 But some banks across the U.S. have been seizing checks distributed to clients whose accounts are overdrawn. Evan MacDonald, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2020 When federal stimulus checks began arriving in bank accounts in recent days, USAA seized funds from customers whose accounts were overdrawn — sparking blow-back for the San Antonio financial services company. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, 16 Apr. 2020 Some banks withheld stimulus cash from people with overdrawn accounts. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 11 May 2020 Banks had faced criticism amid speculation that those with overdrawn accounts would lose part or all of their payments. Jennifer Surane, Bloomberg.com, 29 Apr. 2020 Not every bank is keeping its overdrawn customers’ money. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdrawn was in 1817

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“Overdrawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdrawn. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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