Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[oh-ver-doo, -dyoo] /ˌoʊ vərˈdu, -ˈdyu/
past due, as a delayed train or a bill not paid by the assigned date; late:
two overdue library books.
too long awaited; needed or expected for some time:
Improvements in our highway system are long overdue.
more than sufficiently advanced, mature, or ready:
That country is overdue for industrial development.
Origin of overdue
First recorded in 1835-45; over- + due
Related forms
overdueness, noun
Can be confused
overdo, overdue.
1. tardy, behindhand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for overdue
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • And Joe Nelson had not yet returned from Forks; he was at least five hours overdue.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • We are overdue now for my tryst with this new governor at New Chicago!

    The Space Rover Edwin K. Sloat
  • She crawled on, do or die, and people at home began to think of posting us as overdue.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • The turnkey snarled, "She was posted as overdue three days ago."

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The president had threatened him if he did not pay what was overdue.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for overdue


past the time specified, required, or preferred for arrival, occurrence, payment, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for overdue

"past the due date," 1845 of bills, 1890 of library books, 1970 of menstrual periods, from over- + due (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for overdue

Word Value for overdue

Scrabble Words With Friends