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


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

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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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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