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[noun oh-ver-muh n for 1, oh-ver-man for 2; verb oh-ver-man] /noun ˈoʊ vər mən for 1, ˈoʊ vərˌmæn for 2; verb ˌoʊ vərˈmæn/
noun, plural overmen
[oh-ver-muh n for 1;oh-ver-men for 2] /ˈoʊ vər mən for 1;ˈoʊ vərˌmɛn for 2/ (Show IPA)
a foreman, supervisor, or overseer.
a superman.
verb (used with object), overmanned, overmanning.
to oversupply with men, especially for service:
Indiscriminate hiring had overmanned the factory.
Origin of overman
1200-1250; Middle English (noun); see over-, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I reply to that, that if the overman is sure to come, why should I bother about him?

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • "I was just telling your husband how much I like his picture," overman informed her.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • He took his father's place as overman, and diligently superintended the works of this colony of miners.

    The Underground City Jules Verne
  • To foreshadow the resultant human type, Nietzsche resurrected from Goethe's vocabulary the convenient word bermensch—“overman.”

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • The racial will, as we have seen, must be taught to aim at the overman.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • Only the fixed conjoint purpose of many generations of aspiring men will be able to create the overman.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • She had seen him in his hour of strength, that hour when the overman makes half-gods out of mortals.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • He was a sort of brutal overman; one could not help admiring the kind of barbaric splendour there was about him.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • He had read something about free love, and thought he should like to be an overman and superior to petty jealousies.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • I met three friends one afternoon, who said they had been buying "overman" stock at auction at eight dollars a foot.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for overman


verb (ˌəʊvəˈmæn) -mans, -manning, -manned
(transitive) to supply with an excessive number of men
noun (ˈəʊvəˌmæn) (pl) -men
a man who oversees others
the Nietzschean superman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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