To work beyond the strength; to cause to labor too much or too long; to tire excessively; as, to overwork a horse.
- To force to work too hard or too long.
- To rework to excess: overwork a speech.
- To use too often: "'Vulnerable' and 'volatile' were the most overworked adjectives of the '70s” ( David Ansen).
- To decorate the entire surface of.
- To work too long or too hard.
- Excessive work.