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over·​man ˈō-vər-mən How to pronounce overman (audio)
: a man in authority over others
specifically : foreman
[translation of German Übermensch] : superman sense 1


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over·​man ˌō-vər-ˈman How to pronounce overman (audio)
overmanned; overmanning; overmans

transitive verb

: to have or get too many personnel for the needs of
overman a ship

Examples of overman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Not the whole overwrought overman stuff, and not the conflation of pity and weakness. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020
Fernandinho, as the lone holding midfielder, can be overmanned, while central defender Nicolas Otamendi, for all his improvement this season, can still be exposed by players running at him. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, 8 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overman was in the 13th century

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“Overman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overman. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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