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over·​hype ˌō-vər-ˈhīp How to pronounce overhype (audio)
overhyped; overhyping

transitive + intransitive

: to hype (something or someone) to an excessive degree
overhype a new product
… his surname, long synonymous with overhyped schlock …Patrick McGeehan
… the extravagantly overhyped star of the soap opera …Peter Hood
"You think the media is overhyping?"Don Lemon


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: hype that is extravagant to an excessive degree
These visions have a sparkling appeal. But will they come true, or will they harden into garish embarrassments like the predictions for AI and neural networks? Overhype is a real danger to nascent technology.Daniel McNeill and Paul Freiburger

Word History

First Known Use


1979, in the meaning defined above


1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overhype was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Overhype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhype. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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