AskDefine | Define overwork

Dictionary Definition

overwork n : the act working too much or too long; "he became ill from overwork" [syn: overworking]


1 use too much; "This play has been overworked"
2 work excessively hard; "he is exploiting the students" [syn: exploit]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To make someone work too hard.
  2. To work too hard.


to work too hard


  1. excessive work
    • 1878: Phosphorus in functional disorders of the nervous system, induced by overwork and other influences incidental to modern life - Various disordered conditions consequent upon overwork, which are characteristic of modern civilisation.
    • 1996: Wilkie Au, Urgings of the Heart: A Spirituality of Integration - When it comes to overwork, denial looms large.
    • 2003: Ernie J Zelinski, Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked - The Japanese term for sudden death from overwork.


excessive work

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

burden, busy, carry too far, do double duty, drive, elucubrate, exaggerate, exhaust, fag, go overboard, go to extremes, go too far, hit the ball, hustle, keep busy, know no bounds, lucubrate, oppress, overact, overburden, overcarry, overcarrying, overdevelop, overdo, overdoing, overdrive, overelaborate, overemphasis, overemphasize, overexercise, overexert, overexertion, overexpend, overexpenditure, overimportance, overindulge, overlabor, overload, overplay, overreaching, overreact, overreaction, overspend, overstrain, overstress, overstudy, overtask, overtax, overtaxing, overtrain, overuse, pass all bounds, pour it on, protest too much, scratch, slave, strain, supererogation, sweat, task, tax, work, work hard, work late, work overtime
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