over·​wind ˌō-vər-ˈwīnd How to pronounce overwind (audio)
overwound ˌō-vər-ˈwau̇nd How to pronounce overwind (audio) also overwinded; overwinding

transitive verb

: to wind (something) too tightly or too far : to tighten or coil (something) too much
He overwound the clock.
overwinding the springs

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overwind was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

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

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