overman

noun
over·​man | \ ˈō-vər-mən How to pronounce overman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of overman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man in authority over others specifically : foreman
2 \ -​ˌman \ [translation of German Übermensch] : superman sense 1

overman

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

Definition of overman (Entry 2 of 2)

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: Noun Not the whole overwrought overman stuff, and not the conflation of pity and weakness. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Mourinho's Approach, Manchester Derby Result May Impact More Than Just Title Race," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of overman

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Overman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overman. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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