overripe

adjective over·ripe \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīp , ˌō-və- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of overripe

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

over-ripeness

play \ˌō-vər-ˈrīp-nəs, ˌō-və-\ noun

Examples of overripe in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of overripe from the Web

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First Known Use of overripe

1605


OVERRIPE Defined for English Language Learners

overripe

adjective

Definition of overripe for English Language Learners

  • : grown or aged past the point of ripeness and beginning to decay : too ripe

  • : not new or young

  • : not fresh or original


OVERRIPE Defined for Kids

overripe

adjective over·ripe \ ˌō-vər-ˈrīp \

Definition of overripe for Students

:passed beyond ripeness toward decay
  • overripe fruit


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