overwrought

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adjective over·wrought \ˌō-və(r)-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 \ˌō-və(r)-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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