overweening

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Etymology[edit]

From overween +‎ -ing.

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Adjective[edit]

overweening ‎(comparative more overweening, superlative most overweening)

  1. Unduly confident; arrogant; presumptuous; conceited.
    • Shakespeare
      Here's an overweening rogue.
    She wins one modeling contest in Montana and suddenly she's overweening.
  2. Exaggerated, excessive
    • 2015 January 4, Jonathan Rauch, “How to Make Men Free”, in NY Times[1], retrieved 21050215:
      The idea that an overweening federal government is a threat to both freedom and equality (not to mention prosperity) goes back to Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and some other fairly respectable personages.

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Noun[edit]

overweening ‎(uncountable)

  1. (now rare) An excessively high opinion of oneself or one's abilities; presumption, arrogance.

Verb[edit]

overweening

  1. present participle of overween