- The definition of overweening is someone who is arrogant or has excessive pride and confidence.
Someone who brags that he is the best tennis player in the world and claims he can beat all rivals when that's unlikely to be true is an example of someone who would be described as overweening.
- arrogant; excessively proud
- exaggerated; excessive
Origin: Middle English oferweninge, present participle of oferwenen from Old English oferwenan: see over- and amp; ween
- overweeningly adverb
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- Presumptuously arrogant; overbearing: had a witty but overweening manner about him.
- Excessive; immoderate: overweening ambition.
- oˌver·weenˈing·ly adverb