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From Old English oferhangan, corresponding to over- +‎ hang.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əʊvəˈhaŋ/ (verb), IPA(key): /ˈəʊvəhaŋ/ (noun)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈoʊvəɹˌhæŋ/ (noun)
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overhang (third-person singular simple present overhangs, present participle overhanging, simple past and past participle overhung or overhanged)

  1. (transitive) To hang over (something).
    • 1819 July 15, [Lord Byron], Don Juan, London: [] Thomas Davison, [], →OCLC, canto II, stanza 116:
      Her brow was overhung with coins of gold, / That sparkled o'er the auburn of her hair [...].
    • 2012, Edwin Labre, Solly Border, Freedom...At Last!, page 37:
      At that time, the upper part of the tower overhanged its base by about fourteen feet.
  2. (intransitive) To impend.



overhang (plural overhangs)

  1. (economics) The volume that tips the balance between the demand and the supply toward demand lagging supply.
  2. (architecture) That portion of the roof structure that extends beyond the exterior walls of a building.
  3. A fatty roll of pubis flab that hangs over one's genitals; a FUPA.
  4. Anything that overhangs or protrudes over its base, such as a wave immediately before breaking, or a protruding cliff or rock wall.
    • 1983, Australian Transport, page 16:
      These are firstly for products which need a cool room; secondly for products which can be stored on a standard pallet without overhang; and thirdly for products known as "the uglies" which always overhang a standard pallet.

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