Overwork



[verb oh-ver-wurk; noun oh-ver-wurk] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈwɜrk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌwɜrk/

verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively):
Don’t overwork yourself on that new job.
2.
to work up, stir up, or excite excessively:
to overwork a mob to the verge of frenzy.
3.
to employ or elaborate to excess:
an appeal for sympathy that has been overworked by many speakers.
4.
to work or decorate all over; decorate the surface of:
white limestone overworked with inscriptions.
verb (used without object)
5.
to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess:
You look as though you’ve been overworking.
noun
6.
work beyond one’s strength or capacity.
7.
extra or excessive work.
verb (mainly transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈwɜːk)
1.
(also intransitive) to work or cause to work too hard or too long
2.
to use too much: to overwork an excuse
3.
to decorate the surface of
4.
to work up
noun (ˈəʊvəˌwɜːk)
5.
excessive or excessively tiring work
v.

“to cause to work too hard,” 1520s, from over- + work (v.). Old English oferwyrcan meant “to work all over,” i.e. “to decorate the whole surface of.” Related: Overworked; overworking.
n.

“work beyond a person’s strength,” 1819; see overwork (v.). Old English oferweorc meant “a superstructure, sarcophagus, tomb.”

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Overworked

    [verb oh-ver-wurk; noun oh-ver-wurk] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈwɜrk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌwɜrk/ verb (used with object) 1. to cause to work too hard, too much, or too long; weary or exhaust with work (often used reflexively): Don’t overwork yourself on that new job. 2. to work up, stir up, or excite excessively: to overwork a mob to […]

  • Overworn

    [oh-ver-wawrn, -wohrn] /ˌoʊ vərˈwɔrn, -ˈwoʊrn/ verb 1. past participle of . [oh-ver-wair] /ˌoʊ vərˈwɛər/ verb (used with object), overwore, overworn, overwearing. 1. to use or excessively; out; exhaust; tax: needlessly overwearing her best workers; phrases overworn by repetition.



  • Overwound

    [oh-ver-wahynd] /ˌoʊ vərˈwaɪnd/ verb (used with object), overwound, overwinding. 1. to beyond the proper limit; too far: He must have overwound his watch. /ˌəʊvəˈwaɪnd/ verb -winds, -winding, -wound 1. (transitive) to wind (a watch) beyond the proper limit

  • Overwrite

    [oh-ver-rahyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈraɪt/ verb (used with object), overwrote, overwritten, overwriting. 1. to in too elaborate, burdensome, diffuse, or prolix a style: He overwrites his essays to the point of absurdity. 2. to write in excess of the requirements, especially so as to defeat the original intention: That young playwright tends to overwrite her big scenes. […]



Disclaimer: Overwork definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.