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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Synonyms & Antonyms for overgrown


green, grown, leafy, lush, luxuriant, verdant


barren, leafless

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Examples of overgrown in a Sentence

The garden is overgrown with weeds. He acts like an overgrown child.

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Some halls are abandoned, others overgrown with weeds. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Texas once had 1,000 dance halls. Now there’s a rush to save those that remain," 4 June 2019 President Trump in a statement called on Congress to give his administration expanded powers in the pending farm bill to ramp up the removal of trees in overgrown forests. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Trump Administration Seeks Authority for More Logging to Fight Fire Danger," 20 Nov. 2018 Burkhard Fritz, singing his first-ever Siegfried, looked quite the overgrown child in his striped polo shirt and grubby shorts (the apt costumes are by Marie-Jeanne Lecca). Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Siegfried’ Review: Far From Child’s Play," 6 Nov. 2018 Scabs Scabs are fungal diseases that cause fruits, leaves, and tubers to develop areas of hardened, overgrown, and sometimes cracked tissue. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Letting private companies make money off of timber harvests that also serve to thin out overgrown forests, restoring them to a healthier state, would help accomplish this goal. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke blamed environmentalists for California’s massive wildfires. Again.," 21 Nov. 2018 Allied forces, at long last, managed to contain German troops in their push toward Paris, but not before weeks of fearsome combat, sometimes hand-to-hand with bayonets amid clouds of mustard gas and shells exploding in the dark, overgrown woods. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "How old is former NFL coach Marv Levy? His dad was wounded in World War I," 27 June 2018 Something about the chaos of an overgrown friendzone seems kinder and more civil than the alternative, even though the daily experience proves, again and again, quite the opposite. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The death of the acquaintance in the Facebook era," 25 May 2018 For very overgrown deciduous shrubs, winter pruning is probably best. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Stop Pruning Your Garden in the Fall," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of overgrown

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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


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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