over·​stim·​u·​lat·​ed ˌō-vər-ˈstim-yə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce overstimulated (audio)
: excessively stimulated
The brain, responding to higher than normal dopamine levels, gets overstimulated.Robert Wilbur
Sleep time is quite a problem for overstimulated children and their parents. A recent Brown University study of 494 elementary-school children found that 375 of them had trouble associated with sleep.Joseph Pereira

Examples of overstimulated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In overstimulated times, silence is a hot commodity. Tasha Kleeman, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Mar. 2024 Brushing your teeth for two minutes to start and end the day might seem like a no-brainer, but overwhelmed, overstimulated moms can fall victim to placing the practice on the back burner to meet drop-off times in the morning and when exhausted after a bedtime routine at night. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 7 Feb. 2024 If such a device is used properly, the worst potential complications will probably be mild skin irritation from the electrical zaps or diarrhea from an overstimulated digestive system. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 28 Dec. 2023 Ahmad’s music took off on TikTok because, in many ways, it’s tailored to a young, overstimulated audience. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 Being part of that felt like a reprieve from the day’s complexities, a world which launched a steady barrage of information and demanded endless analyses, caring little for our overstimulated brains. Hazlitt, 12 July 2023 An overstimulated dog may have a physical response to its stressors. Emma Fox, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2023 As in Hamsun’s fiction, there is a tendency in Munch to slide past mystery into an overstimulated state approaching hysteria. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 Then there’s the BMW 3.0-liter straight-six engine mated to an eight-speed ZF auto gearbox for quiet and seamless (though hardly overstimulated) progress. Ben Oliver, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overstimulated was in 1798

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“Overstimulated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstimulated. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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