- The definition of hyperbole is a description that is exaggerated for emphasis.
An example of hyperbole is saying you are so hungry you could eat a horse.
hyperbole definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Gr: see hyperbola
hyperbole definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Latin hyperbolē, from Greek huperbolē, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond; see hyper- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
hyperbole - Cultural Definition
An exaggerated, extravagant expression. It is hyperbole to say, “I'd give my whole fortune for a bowl of bean soup.”