Definition of overhang in English:

Share this entry



Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌhaNG/
(past and past participle overhung) [with object]
Hang or extend outward over: a concrete path overhung by trees (as adjective overhanging) overhanging branches
More example sentences
  • The narrow paths are totally overhung by the branches of moss-covered trees and eventually open onto sheep pastures dominated by towering Scots Pines.
  • In the provision of boundary fencing, some heavy, overhanging tree or hedge branches may need to be cut back, to allow sufficient access.
  • The branches of the tree overhang the meditating figure of the person seeking ‘brahma-vidya’ or the Knowledge of God, on whom all creation depends for its life.
stick out (over), stand out (over), extend (over), project (over), protrude (over), jut out (over), bulge out (over), hang over


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌhaNG/
A part of something that sticks out or hangs over another thing: he crouched beneath an overhang of bushes
More example sentences
  • Hanging from an overhang by a bare knuckle with not so much as a carabiner, let alone a safety net to halt your fall, I hear you gasp.
  • Turtles rest on the reef top or on ledges beneath coral overhangs, though they can often be seen cruising along the reef edge.
  • The roof overhang does not extend the living accommodation and the external width is otherwise only 1 inch in excess of the statutory limit.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: o·ver·hang

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.