Overweening meaning

ōvər-wēnĭng
Exaggerated; excessive.
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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.

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Presumptuously arrogant; overbearing.

Had a witty but overweening manner about him.

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Excessive; immoderate.

Overweening ambition.

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Arrogant; excessively proud.
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  • 1870, Carl Schurz, George H. Thomas Eulogy.
    No success rendered him overweening and no disaster was ever known to stagger his firmness.
  • 1908, Frederic Bancroft and William A. Dunning, A Sketch of Carl Schurz's Political Career.
    The Senate was displaying an overweening hauteur as if it were the government.

She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly she's overweening.

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(now rare) An excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.
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Present participle of overween.
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Origin of overweening

  • From overween +"Ž -ing.

    From Wiktionary