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

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

Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overengineer was in 1964

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“Overengineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overengineer. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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