over·​ripe | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīp How to pronounce overripe (audio) , ˌō-və- \

Definition of overripe

1 : passed beyond maturity or ripeness toward decay an overripe pear
2a : decadent
b : lacking originality or vigor overripe prose

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over-ripeness \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈrīp-​nəs How to pronounce overripe (audio) , ˌō-​və-​ \ noun

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  • undecadent
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Examples of overripe in a Sentence

an overripe artist whose abstract paintings are no longer considered fresh or significant
Recent Examples on the Web In cooler vintages, when the grapes are not so overripe, this wine should excel. Washington Post, "At just $12, this Spanish garnacha is the prototype of a fun, juicy red wine," 30 Apr. 2021 At any given moment in any given store, the avocados might be overripe, the organic carrots sold out, the fancy olive oil moved from its normal location to a new display. Johana Bhuiyan, chicagotribune.com, "Instacart shoppers say they face unforgiving metrics: ‘It’s a very easy job to lose’," 31 Aug. 2020 The wines are full-bodied but not at all overripe or forced, to use Thera’s term. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Giving Rosso di Montalcino a Second Look," 27 Feb. 2020 Based on the startling true story of Mike’s renunciation of the Klan (and the resulting tussle for ownership of the museum), Andrew Heckler’s film debut is often preachy and overripe with white-power symbolism. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Burden’ Review: A White Supremacist’s Change of Heart," 27 Feb. 2020 So, the orchards lie empty of harvesters, as overripe fruit ripens and thuds to the ground. Washington Post, "Apples rot on trees as Kashmir strife inflicts economic pain," 18 Oct. 2019 The tween was in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of banana chocolate chip muffins after spying two overripe bananas hanging from their hook. Jeff Bogle, Good Housekeeping, "My Daughters are Ditching Their Big Dreams for Their Cell Phones," 8 Aug. 2019 Zendaya embodies a certain quality of listless nihilism with Rue, but her overripe narration represents Levinson’s most tin-eared writing. Darren Franich, EW.com, "HBO's teen shock-soap Euphoria is sweeter than you think: EW review," 14 June 2019 Vines takes after the glowing green rainforest, where familiar houseplants thrive at Jurassic sizes; the fragrance skews earthy, with a hint of subtle fig, musk, and overripe citrus. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "That Scent Wafting Through the Whitney Museum’s New Exhibition? It's Your Next Perfume Obsession," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of overripe

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overripe. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overripe

: grown or aged past the point of ripeness and beginning to decay : too ripe
: not new or young
: not fresh or original


over·​ripe | \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīp How to pronounce overripe (audio) \

Kids Definition of overripe

: passed beyond ripeness toward decay overripe fruit

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