over·​ripe ˌō-vər-ˈrīp How to pronounce overripe (audio)
: passed beyond maturity or ripeness toward decay
an overripe pear
: lacking originality or vigor
overripe prose
over-ripeness noun

Examples of overripe in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overripe was in 1605

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“Overripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overripe. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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over·​ripe -ˈrīp How to pronounce overripe (audio)
: passed beyond ripeness toward decay
an overripe pear
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