Definition of overgrown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈɡrōn/


1Covered with plants that have been allowed to grow wild: the garden was overgrown and deserted
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  • They are not so delicate as the green spaces in China, but wild and overgrown with weeds.
  • Hall started as a sculptor, and it shows in her bulldozed reconfiguring of a Cape Cod meadow into undulating waves of earth and rock overgrown with wild grass.
  • In the allotments, paths overgrown with nettles and docks are littered with squashed cans and chocolate wrappers between walls of rusting corrugated iron topped with barbed wire.
2Grown too large or beyond its normal size: the town is only an overgrown village
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  • However, right on the 50 yard line sits a huge and overgrown elephant, enormously strong but also swelled up, slow, and completely unsuited to being a player in this game.
  • That wasn't hard - the aggressor in question was the size of an overgrown cat.
  • The overgrown hedges in the village are to be attended to and the road junctions repainted following recent road works.
2.1chiefly derogatory Used to describe an adult behaving in a childish manner: a pair of overgrown schoolboys
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  • You have been behaving like an overgrown schoolboy in this room for many, many months and years.
  • He would turn up in search of an audience when all we wanted was to have a good time, not to sit in awe at some self-appointed star turn, an overgrown schoolboy still sitting in puddles for attention.
  • In parliament he resembles an overgrown schoolboy, chafing at his collar and tie.

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Syllabification: o·ver·grown

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