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[oh-ver-rahyp] /ˈoʊ vərˈraɪp/
too ripe; more than ripe:
overripe tomatoes.
Origin of overripe
1665-75; over- + ripe
Related forms
overripely, adverb
overripeness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The overripe berries show the largest number of compounds detected, with some of them at the highest level of abundance.
  • If you delay harvest until the outside of the fruit starts to soften, the inside will be overripe.
  • But you inhale them whenever you take a whiff of overripe or rotting fruit, wine, or vinegar.
  • And it's shot through with the pleasant flavor of overripe bananas.
  • She'd glimpsed the wallet, tender and overripe as a peach.
  • Instead, this overripe tale of innocence lost has become one of notoriety found.
  • Grey rates a snappy salute in an entertainment package that deserves nothing more than an overripe raspberry.
  • The culture of celebrity and the anorexic look of supermodels are overripe as subjects for parody.
  • Be sure to eat the fruit as soon as possible because overripe persimmons quickly turn to a mushy texture.
  • Disease is favored by cool wet conditions and the presence of overripe fruit or old flower petals.
British Dictionary definitions for overripe


(of food, cheese, etc) past the usual stage of being ready to eat or use
overused or overly sentimental and emotional: his love songs are overripe ballads
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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