overwrought

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adjective over·wrought \-ˈrȯt\

Definition of overwrought

  1. 1 :  extremely excited :  agitated

  2. 2 :  elaborated to excess :  overdone

Examples of overwrought in a sentence

  1. The witness became overwrought as she described the crime.

  2. <became overwrought when she heard that her child was missing>

Origin and Etymology of overwrought

past participle of overwork


First Known Use: 1638


OVERWROUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

overwrought

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adjective over·wrought \-ˈrȯt\

Definition of overwrought for English Language Learners

  • : very excited or upset


OVERWROUGHT Defined for Kids

overwrought

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adjective over·wrought \ˌō-vər-ˈrȯt\

Definition of overwrought for Students

  1. :  very excited or upset



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