Overblown describes fears or concerns that are excessive, such as a overblown worry that people will notice a spot of dirt on your shoe and decide not to be your friend anymore.

Overblown is a word gardeners use to describe their flowers that, having bloomed, now hang heavy on their stems. You can use it to describe other things that are past their prime like an overblown fashion trend everyone is tired of. Another meaning is an extreme display of vanity, like the overblown decorating style of a famous actor's home — complete with photos, memorabilia from past films, and award trophies everywhere you look.

Definitions of overblown
  1. adjective
    puffed up with vanity
    overblown oratory”
    synonyms: grandiloquent, pompous, pontifical, portentous
    making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
  2. adjective
    past the stage of full bloom
    overblown roses”
    having reached full natural growth or development
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