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Definition of "overblown" []

  • Past participle of overblow. (verb)
  • Done to excess; overdone: overblown decorations. (adjective)
  • Full of empty or pretentious language; bombastic: overblown oratory. (adjective)
  • Past the stage of full bloom: overblown roses. (adjective)
  • Very fat; obese. (adjective)
  • Overdone or excessive (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Bombastic; turgid (adjective)
  • (of flowers, such as the rose) past the stage of full bloom (adjective)

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Use "overblown" in a sentence
  • "He's had his share of low points, too: the Tawana Brawley case, about which Mr. Sharpton says he has no regrets, and the Freddy's incident and the anti-Semitic flare-ups, which he calls overblown and no worse than that of Nixon and Billy Graham."
  • "Despite what he calls overblown fears of a double-dip recession, Cardillo predicts the U.S."
  • "Why we should be surprised anymore to find out the the “dangers” of vaccines, Alar, DDT, “global warming,” er, I mean “climate change,” to name just a few, were cooked and overblown is beyond me."