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 feelings:
his overweening wife

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • 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

  • Overweening — O ver*ween ing, n. Conceit; arrogance. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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