overhope

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English overhope, oferhope, equivalent to over- +‎ hope.

Noun[edit]

overhope (plural overhopes)

  1. Excessive hope or anticipation; presumption.
    • 1859, Francis Bacon, James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, The works of Francis Bacon: Volume 7:
      If the good turn out less than you hoped for, good though it be, yet because it is not so good, it seems to you more like a loss than a gain, by reason of the overhope.
  2. (UK dialectal) Hopefulness; sanguineness.

Verb[edit]

overhope (third-person singular simple present overhopes, present participle overhoping, simple past and past participle overhoped)

  1. (transitive) To hope excessively; presume.
    • 1919, The Country gentleman: Volume 84:
      If we have overhoped ourselves in the hay we may have done the same with the hogs.
    • 1992, David G. Moursund, International Society for Technology in Education, The technology coordinator:
      I'll cast this observation a little too broadly to make the point clearer: many principals "overhoped" that computers would have miraculous effects on all students exposed to them even if only for a few minutes per week, and now finding [...]
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To hope constantly.