1590–1600; overbear + -ing2

overbearingly, adverb
overbearingness, noun
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verb (used with object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
to bear over or down by weight or force: With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
to overcome or overwhelm: A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.): She overbore all objections to the new plan.
to treat in a domineering way; dominate: to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
verb (used without object), overbore, overborne, overbearing.
to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.

1525–35; over- + bear1

overbearer, noun
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overbear (ˌəʊvəˈbɛə)
vb , -bears, -bearing, -bore, -borne
1.  (tr) to dominate or overcome: to overbear objections
2.  (tr) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
3.  to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively

overbearing (ˌəʊvəˈbɛərɪŋ)
1.  domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
2.  of particular or overriding importance or significance

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to carry over," from over + bear (v.). Meaning "to bear down by weight of physical force" is from 1535 (in Coverdale), originally nautical, of an overwhelming wind; figurative sense of "to overcome and repress by power, authority, etc." is from 1560s.
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Example sentences
The general stayed on as army commander, casting an overbearing shadow.
Great place to travel, busy in high season but not overbearing.
Day after day an overbearing colleague grates on your nerves.
Cuomo, at a campaign event last month, has been called overbearing by some
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