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 over-ripeness (audio) , ˌō-​və-​ \ noun

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decadent, decayed, degenerate, effete, washed-up



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Examples of overripe in a Sentence

an overripe artist whose abstract paintings are no longer considered fresh or significant

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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 Classes in the curriculum focus on reducing food waste while creating healthy, flavorful dishes from ingredients like vegetable peels, overripe fruit, stale cake and obscure chicken parts. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Eating and Drinking Your Way Through A Trip, and Learning Something in the Process," 18 May 2018 Four perplexing, equally pointless slices of avocado on the side added nothing to the dish and had overripe brown spots to boot. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Punch Bowl Social takes ‘eatertainment’ to a whole new level | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Mar. 2018 Not those overripe chunks of melon, slick grapes, and the odd, wilting berry. Karen Palmer, Bon Appetit, "We're Living In an Era of Actually Good Fruit Salad," 17 May 2017 The sun becomes squashed, a misshapen piece of overripe fruit. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "As the sun makes a star turn, America’s greatest observatory carries on," 11 Aug. 2017 Overripe Banana-Coffee Grounds Bread Active Time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Makes: 1 loaf This simple recipe brings together the hyperconcentrated flavors of overripe bananas and used coffee grounds. Mads Refslund, WSJ, "Overripe Banana-Coffee Grounds Bread Recipe," 22 May 2017 In a white dog or unaged whiskey, these have aromas that include overripe fruit and paint thinner and vinegar. Christopher Null, WIRED, "This Guy Says He Can Make 20-Year-Old Rum in 6 Days," 8 Apr. 2015

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First Known Use of overripe

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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