- Rhymes: -aʊnd
- simple past tense and past participle of
- (figuratively, uncommon) Nervous, tense, jumpy.
- 1949, Irwin Shaw, The Young Lions:
- Everyone else Christian had had anything to do with, ever since the bad night outside Alexandria, had seemed to be overwound, jumpy, bitter, hysterical, overtired...
- 1957, Richard Hoggart, The Uses Of Literacy:
- He has left his class, at least in spirit, by being in certain ways unusual; and he is still unusual in another class, too tense and overwound.
- 2004 October 6, Sidney Blumenthal, “The master of Washington vs. the fox”, in Salon.com:
- He [Cheney] could only exist with a chief executive self-absorbed in his resentments, narrow in experience and intellectual scope, and who does not hold his vice president accountable; an incompetent national security advisor, overwound in her eagerness to please; and a secretary of state who never presses his advantages but accepts his internal defeats, playing the good soldier.