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 Hints of the once popular and well-tended golf course emerge at various intervals, such as the overgrown sand trap. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 11 June 2022 This is one of the simplest steps that can be done in anticipation of the upcoming hurricane season to keep any overgrown branches and limbs cut back around your home and any power lies. Maureen Mccann, Orlando Sentinel, 31 May 2022 These nylon hiking pants dry out significantly faster than cotton pants and are tough enough to resist scratchy tree branches and bushes on overgrown trails. Matt Jancer, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 In overgrown shrubs dense with stems, moisture lingers because air can’t circulate. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 Just north of Sacramento, the capital city of California, hundreds of goats and sheep are doing their part by eating overgrown weeds and grass. Jiovanni Lieggi, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 Hamtramck's City Council has censured the Hamtramck district judge who admonished a cancer patient earlier this month because of overgrown weeds near his home. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 26 Jan. 2022 The overgrown lot was cleared and the weak foundation shored up. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 16 Apr. 2022 The film presents Stuart as a buoyant overgrown kid who has never taken responsibility for himself. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overgrown

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overgrown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgrown. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for overgrown


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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Nglish: Translation of overgrown for Spanish Speakers


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