overwrought

adjective over·wrought \ ˌō-vər-ˈrȯt , ˌō-və- \
Updated on: 11 Apr 2018

Definition of overwrought

1 : extremely excited : agitated
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

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Origin and Etymology of overwrought

past participle of overwork

OVERWROUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

overwrought

Definition of overwrought for English Language Learners

  • : very excited or upset


OVERWROUGHT Defined for Kids

overwrought

adjective over·wrought \ ˌō-vər-ˈrȯt \

Definition of overwrought for Students

: very excited or upset


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