overgrown

adjective
over·​grown | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrōn How to pronounce overgrown (audio) \

Definition of overgrown

: grown abnormally or excessively large dismissed him as an overgrown adolescent

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Examples of overgrown in a Sentence

The garden is overgrown with weeds. He acts like an overgrown child.
Recent Examples on the Web Instagram is overgrown with images of women loping naked through the woods and giving birth in living rooms, tagged #wildwoman or #witch or #laloba, the Spanish feminine for wolf. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 2019 The central plaza is overgrown by weeds, its statue of a proud fisherman covered in bird droppings. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "A crisis in the water is decimating this once-booming fishing town," 27 Nov. 2019 In the face of overwhelming panic and overgrown sadness, people manage to cultivate the most beautiful plots of kindness and order. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "The world is messy and hard to control. Take help, and give it, where you can.," 30 Dec. 2019 Some might also think of birdsong and insects, or summon thoughts of thick foliage in the understory, the crunch of leaves or pine needles underfoot, or overgrown trails meandering into the thicket. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, "We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests," 25 Dec. 2019 Now the area's grid of streets, romantically overgrown with palms and flora, is jammed with high-low bars, cafés, and places to shop. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "In El Poblado, Medellín’s Most Exciting Neighborhood," 19 Dec. 2019 With California’s increasingly warm, dry and overgrown landscape, wildfire has become a perpetual danger. Matthew Brown And Christina Larson, SFChronicle.com, "As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist," 14 Dec. 2019 His look was a far cry from his usual overgrown dude-bro outfits of basketball shorts and baggy T-shirts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Uncut Gems Finds the Beauty in Schmuck Style," 10 Dec. 2019 With California’s increasingly warm, dry and overgrown landscape, wildfire has become a perpetual danger. Matthew Brown And Christina Larson, SFChronicle.com, "As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of overgrown

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overgrown was in the 14th century

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“Overgrown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgrown. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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overgrown

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English Language Learners Definition of overgrown

: covered with plants that have grown in an uncontrolled way
: grown to a size that is unusually or too large

overgrown

adjective
over·​grown | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrōn \

Kids Definition of overgrown

1 : grown too big overgrown boys
2 : covered with plants that have grown in an uncontrolled way an overgrown path

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