overweening

  • 1 Overweening — O ver*ween ing, a. Unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited. {O ver*ween ingly}, adv. Milton. {O ver*ween ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] The conceits of warmed or overweening brain. Locke. [1913 Webster] Here s an overweening rogue. Shak …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Overweening — O ver*ween ing, n. Conceit; arrogance. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 overweening — index disdainful, inflated (vain), orgulous, presumptuous, proud (conceited), supercilious …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 overweening — (adj.) mid 14c., from prp. of overwenen be conceited, presume, be presumptuous, be over confident, from O.E. ofer wenian, from ofer over (see OVER (Cf. over)) + wenian (see WEEN (Cf. ween)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 overweening — ► ADJECTIVE 1) showing excessive confidence or pride. 2) excessive; immoderate. ORIGIN from archaic ween think or suppose , from Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 overweening — [ō΄vər wēn′iŋ] adj. [ME oferweninge, prp. of oferwenen < OE oferwenan: see OVER & WEEN] 1. arrogant; excessively proud 2. exaggerated; excessive overweeningly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 overweening — o|ver|ween|ing [ ,ouvər winıŋ ] adjective FORMAL used for describing a bad quality that someone has which makes them very unpleasant: overweening pride a. used for describing someone who is too proud and confident and ignores other people s… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 overweening — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)wi͟ːnɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you want to emphasize your disapproval of someone s great ambition or pride, you can refer to their overweening ambition or pride. [FORMAL] Your modesty is a cover for your overweening… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 overweening — /ˈoʊvəwinɪŋ / (say ohvuhweening) adjective 1. conceited, arrogant, self opinionated: an overweening person. 2. exaggerated, excessive: overweening pride. –overweeningly, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 overweening — 1. adjective a) Unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited. She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly shes overweening. b) Exaggerated, excessive. 2 …

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  • 12 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

  • 13 overweening —  Arrogant or presumptuous expectations are overweening ones. There is no word overweaning …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 14 overweening —    Arrogant or presumptuous expectations are overweening ones. There is no word overweaning …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 15 overweening — adjective formal too proud and confident; arrogant: overweening vanity overweeningly adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 overweening — adjective that overweening attitude of his makes my skin crawl Syn: overconfident, conceited, cocksure, cocky, smug, haughty, supercilious, lofty, patronizing, arrogant, proud, vain, self important, imperious, overbearing; informal high and… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 overweening — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈwiːnɪŋ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈwɪnɪŋ] adjective formal used for describing a bad quality that someone has which makes them very unpleasant overweening pride …

    English dictionary

  • 18 overweening — o•ver•ween•ing [[t]ˈoʊ vərˈwi nɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud 2) exaggerated; excessive: overweening pride[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; ME overweninde, prob. as a calque of OFsurcuidant; see over , ween… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 overweening — adjective Etymology: Middle English overwening, present participle of overwenen to be arrogant, from over + wenen to ween Date: 14th century 1. arrogant, presumptuous 2. immoderate, exaggerated • overweeningly adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 overweening — Synonyms and related words: a bit much, abandoned, arrogant, assuming, assured, audacious, boundless, brash, brazen, brazenfaced, bumptious, cocksure, cold, complacent, confident, consequential, contumelious, convinced, cool, decided, determined …

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