Pronunciation: ( —v.ō"vur-wûrk'; —n.ō'vur-wûrk"),[key] —v.t. 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 appealfor sympathy that has been overworked by many speakers. 4. to work or decorate all over; decorate the surface of: white limestone overworked with inscriptions.
—v.i. to work too hard, too much, or too long; work to excess: You look as though you've been overworking.
—n. 1. work beyond one's strength or capacity.
2. extra or excessive work.