Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Too sensitive, nervous, or tense.
  • adjective Too tightly strung.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Too highly strung; too sensitively organized.
  • Noting a pianoforte in which the strings are arranged in two sets, one crossing obliquely over the other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Excessively tense or nervous
  • adjective Strung too tightly

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

  • adjective too tightly strung
  • adjective being in a tense state

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Examples

  • In case such an instrument has "overstrung" wires, it can be restored to a tone that is better than that of the usual upright piano.

    Practical Suggestions for Mother and Housewife

  • Ill-fed, suffering from innutrition and the evil effects of overcrowding and squalor, their constitutions develop a morbid craving for the drink, just as the sickly stomach of the overstrung Manchester factory operative hankers after excessive quantities of pickles and similar weird foods.

    DRINK, TEMPERANCE, AND THRIFT

  • My overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran -- ran as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the skirt of my dress.

    Sole Music

  • I was so overstrung that he merely had to touch me to cause a shiver.

    Wildfire

  • I was so overstrung that he merely had to touch me to cause a shiver.

    Wildfire

  • I was so overstrung that he merely had to touch me to cause a shiver.

    Wildfire

  • This intense desire, which made him work so many interests and devise so many springs, absorbed the last strength of his terribly overstrung soul.

    Albert Savarus

  • This intense desire, which made him work so many interests and devise so many springs, absorbed the last strength of his terribly overstrung soul.

    Albert Savarus

  • It should have helped calm her overstrung nerves, but instead it seemed to be bringing the room into super-focus.

    Purchased For Revenge

  • It should have helped calm her overstrung nerves, but instead it seemed to be bringing the room into super-focus.

    Purchased for Revenge

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