overblown (adj.) late 15c., "blown over, passed away," from verb overblow (late 14c.), from OVER (Cf. over) + BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.). Meaning "inflated, puffed up" (with vanity, etc.) is from 1864.

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  • overblown — overblown1 [ō΄vər blōn′] adj. past the stage of full bloom overblown2 [ō΄vər blōn′] adj. 1. stout; obese 2. a) overdone; excessive b) pompous or bombastic …   English World dictionary

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  • overblown — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)blo͟ʊn[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is overblown makes something seem larger, more important, or more significant than it really is. Warnings of disaster may be overblown... The reporting of the hostage story was fair, if sometimes… …   English dictionary

  • overblown — I. adjective Etymology: 3blow Date: 1616 past the prime of bloom < overblown roses > II. adjective Etymology: 1blow Date: 1864 1. excessively large in girth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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