- 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.
Origin of hyperboleClassical Latin ; from Gr: see hyperbola
Origin of hyperboleLatin hyperbolē, from Greek huperbolē, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond; see hyper– + ballein, to throw; see gwel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin hyperbolē, from Ancient Greek ὑπερβολή (huperbolē, “excess, exaggeration”), from ὑπέρ (huper, “above”) + βάλλω (ballō, “I throw”).