Definition of overgrown in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·grown
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈgrōn


  • 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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