verb (used with object), o·ver·drew, o·ver·drawn, o·ver·draw·ing.
- to draw upon (an account, allowance, etc.) in excess of the balance standing to one’s credit or at one’s disposal: It was the first time he had ever overdrawn his account.
- to strain, as a bow, by drawing too far.
- to exaggerate in portraying, describing, depicting, or drawing: The author has overdrawn the villain to the point of absurdity.
verb (used without object), o·ver·drew, o·ver·drawn, o·ver·draw·ing.
- to overdraw an account or the like: It ruins one’s credit to overdraw frequently at a bank.
- (of a stove, fireplace, etc.) to draw excessively; have too strong an updraft: When the flue overdraws, all the heat goes right up the chimney.
verb -draws, -drawing, -drew or -drawn
- to draw on (a bank account) in excess of the credit balance
- (tr) to strain or pull (a bow) too far
- (tr) to exaggerate in describing or telling
v.late 14c., “to draw across;” 1734 in the banking sense, from over- + draw (v.). Related: Overdrawn; overdrawing.