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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for overman
Historical Examples
  • I prefer to believe that I am a bird, and as such could minister to my sweet overman.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • 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
  • The racial will, as we have seen, must be taught to aim at the overman.

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
  • "I was just telling your husband how much I like his picture," overman informed her.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • To foreshadow the resultant human type, Nietzsche resurrected from Goethe's vocabulary the convenient word bermensch—“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
  • No overman would be here without his knowledge; and try how he would to find some reason for the sound, he was still at fault.

    Son Philip George Manville Fenn
  • He talks a great deal just now of a plan to seek some cave and there try to become an 'overman.'

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • 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
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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