Overween O`ver*ween", v. t. [AS. oferw[=e]nian. See {Over}, and {Ween}.] To think too highly or arrogantly; to regard one's own thinking or conclusions too highly; hence, to be egotistic, arrogant, or rash, in opinion; to think conceitedly; to presume. [1913 Webster]

They that overween, And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • overween — overweener, n. /oh veuhr ween /, v.i. Archaic. to be conceited or arrogant. [1275 1325; ME overwenen; see OVER , WEEN] * * * …   Universalium

  • overween — over·ween …   English syllables

  • overween — /oʊvəˈwin/ (say ohvuh ween) verb (i) to be conceited or arrogant. {Middle English} …   Australian English dictionary

  • overween — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|wēn verb Etymology: Middle English overwenen, from over (I) + wenen to suppose, think, believe more at ween intransitive verb archaic : to regard one s own thinking too highly : become egotistic …   Useful english dictionary

  • overweeningly — overweenˈingly adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑over …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brave — Brave, n. 1. A brave person; one who is daring. [1913 Webster] The star spangled banner, O,long may it wave O er the land of the free and the home of the brave. F. S. Key. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, an Indian warrior. [1913 Webster] 3. A man …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overweening — overweeningly, adv. overweeningness, n. /oh veuhr wee ning/, adj. 1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow. 2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride. [1300 …   Universalium

  • overweening — o|ver|ween|ing [ˌəuvəˈwi:nıŋ US ˌouvər ] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: overween to be too confident (14 19 centuries), from ween to think, believe (11 20 centuries), from Old English wenan] too proud and confident used to show disapproval …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overweeningness — noun see overweening II * * * overweenˈingness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑over …   Useful english dictionary

  • o´ver|ween´ing|ness — o|ver|ween|ing «OH vuhr WEE nihng», adjective, noun. –adj. 1. thinking too much of oneself; conceited; self confident; presumptuous: »overweening confidence in his own powers (William H. Prescott). 2. excessive; exaggerated; »overweening ambition …   Useful english dictionary

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