overstaff

verb over·staff \ ˌō-vər-ˈstaf \

Definition of overstaff

overstaffed; overstaffing
transitive + intransitive
: to supply (something, such as a business) with too many staff members
  • Flush with funding in the '60s, universities overstaffed their faculties.
  • —Scott Stossel
  • Don't overstaff, as attendees can get intimidated if they have to approach more than three staff.
  • —Tim Stuart-Harris

overstaffed

adjective
    • a grossly overstaffed organization

overstaffing

noun
    • Most of the overstaffing occurred outside teacher ranks.
    • —Danika Fears

First Known Use of overstaff

1879

in the meaning defined above

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