over·​en·​gi·​neer | \ ˌō-vər-ˌen-jə-ˈnir How to pronounce overengineer (audio) \
overengineered; overengineering

Definition of overengineer

transitive + intransitive

: to engineer (something, such as a product) to have more functions, capabilities, etc. than are necessary or desirable The pressure to overreact to feedback … will lead many companies to overengineer their products, until common sense kicks back in.— Guy Kawasaki It was advertised to last 50 years, and overengineered so it might last 100.— Stephen Flynn Our research steered us away from trying to design pockets and compartments for specific uses. We didn't want to overengineer.— Eric Rothenhaus

First Known Use of overengineer

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Overengineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overengineer. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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