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"overgrown" in British English

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overgrownadjective

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈɡrəʊn/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚˈɡroʊn/
  • overgrown adjective (TOO LARGE)

disapproving used to ​describe something that has ​grown too ​large: Cottonwood has ​become an overgrown ​town with ​inadequatefacilities. disapproving, disapproving used to ​describe an ​adult who ​behaves like a ​child: They're ​acting like overgrown ​kids. UK Jim is just an overgrown ​schoolboy.
(Definition of overgrown from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overgrown" in American English

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overgrownadjective

 us   /ˌoʊ·vərˈɡroʊn/
  • overgrown adjective (COVERED)

having a ​thick, ​densecovering of ​plantsgrowing in a ​wild way: The ​playground is overgrown with ​weeds.
  • overgrown adjective (TOO LARGE)

disapproving (of ​people) ​grownlarge or too ​large: Even Professor Adams ​looked like an overgrown schoolboy beside him.
(Definition of overgrown from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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