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Overween

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:20 pm
by sluggo
Overween

Born of win/winner/ween/whine and continuing somewhat the political aspect...

O`ver`ween´
v. t. 1. To think too highly or arrogantly; to regard one's own thinking or conclusions too highly; hence, to be egotistic, arrogant, or rash, in opinion; to think conceitedly; to presume.
They that overween,
And at thy growing virtues fret their spleen.

- Milton.
(Free Dictionary)

Presumably then from ween?
(ME wenen, from OE wnan; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.) (op cit)

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:00 pm
by Slava
Gee, I thought overween meant to eat too many hotdogs on the 4th of July.

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:24 pm
by sluggo
Slava wrote:Gee, I thought overween meant to eat too many hotdogs on the 4th of July.
Frankly that's one of your wurst buns (eyes roll). :roll: (jk)

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:23 pm
by Stargzer
To make a clean breast of it, I'd thought it meant moving a baby to a bottle of formula too quickly.