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[oh-ver-draw] /ˌoʊ vərˈdrɔ/
verb (used with object), overdrew, overdrawn, overdrawing.
to draw upon (an account, allowance, etc.) in excess of the balance standing to one's credit or at one's disposal:
It was the first time he had ever overdrawn his account.
to strain, as a bow, by drawing too far.
to exaggerate in drawing, depicting, portraying, or describing:
The author has overdrawn the villain to the point of absurdity.
verb (used without object), overdrew, overdrawn, overdrawing.
to overdraw an account or the like:
It ruins one's credit to overdraw frequently at a bank.
(of a stove, fireplace, etc.) to draw excessively; have too strong an updraft:
When the flue overdraws, all the heat goes right up the chimney.
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, draw
Related forms
unoverdrawn, adjective Unabridged
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  • It is a spectacle of horror which can not be overdrawn.
  • Some people believe that its impact, for good or ill, is overdrawn.
  • My checking account is overdrawn by a thousand seven hundred and eighty-four dollars.
  • Overdraft fees will still kick in for overdrawn checks and automatic payments.
  • Their climax is a bit overdrawn and there are a few vague spots along the way.
  • Fortunately for millions of imbibers, though, reports of a government-induced vodka drought turned out to be a bit overdrawn.
  • The dire conclusion about coming anarchy seems overdrawn.
  • The comedy succeeds because the objectively ridiculous, overdrawn emotions of the characters must seem real and immediate to them.
  • Payment of the overdraft is expected at the time the account is overdrawn.
  • We do not charge an overdraft fee if the account is overdrawn less than the amount of our fee.
British Dictionary definitions for overdrawn


verb -draws, -drawing, -drew, -drawn
to draw on (a bank account) in excess of the credit balance
(transitive) to strain or pull (a bow) too far
(transitive) to exaggerate in describing or telling
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Word Origin and History for overdrawn



late 14c., "to draw across;" 1734 in the banking sense, from over- + draw (v.). Related: Overdrawn; overdrawing.

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