from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past participle of overblow.
  • adj. Done to excess; overdone: overblown decorations.
  • adj. Full of empty or pretentious language; bombastic: overblown oratory.
  • adj. Past the stage of full bloom: overblown roses.
  • adj. Very fat; obese.
  • adj. Having been blown down or over: a pile of overblown saplings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of exaggerated importance; too heavily emphasized, hyped, etc.
  • v. Past participle of overblow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having been given more publicity than warranted; having had ascribed more importance than was justified.
  • adj. Bombastic, pretentious, or excessive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blown over, as wind or storm; hence, past; at an end.
  • In the Bessemer steel process, injured by the continuance of the blast after the carbon has been removed; burnt.
  • Past the time of blossoming or blooming; withered, as a flower.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. puffed up with vanity
  • adj. past the stage of full bloom


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