One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To have excessively or unreasonably high expectations; to be conceited, arrogant, or presumptuous; to be too self-confident.
2with object To overrate or think too highly of. Also refl.: to have too high an opinion of oneself. Now rare.
Middle English; earliest use found in Ayenbite of Inwyt. From over- + ween.
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