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

Other Words from overripe

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for overripe



  • 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 Your standard kelewele recipe calls for chopping an overripe plantain into bite-size pieces and coating it in a blend of garlic, ginger, onion, crushed red pepper, and other spices before frying it in sizzling oil. Adjoa D. Danso, Bon Appétit, 2 Nov. 2021 Check your raspberry patch and harvest every few days to avoid overripe fruit that attracts picnic beetles and other pests. Melinda Myers, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Chilling your tomatoes can cause loss of sweetness and texture but is an option if the tomatoes are overripe (and always refrigerate a tomato that has been cut). Patricia S York, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 In cooler vintages, when the grapes are not so overripe, this wine should excel. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 27 Feb. 2020 So, the orchards lie empty of harvesters, as overripe fruit ripens and thuds to the ground. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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