overengineer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ engineer

Verb[edit]

overengineer (third-person singular simple present overengineers, present participle overengineering, simple past and past participle overengineered)

  1. To make something more complicated than necessary; often implies that the complexity was added intentionally.
    • 2007 January 31, Martin Fackler, “Hobbled by Disappointing Sales and a Loss at the Game Unit, Sony's Profit Drops 5%”, in New York Times[1]:
      While PlayStation 3 surpasses both Wii and Xbox 360 in performance and graphics, the critics say it suffers from the same problem as many other Sony products: it is overengineered, scaring away average shoppers.

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