- the number of balls, usually six, delivered between successive changes of bowlers.
- the part of the game played between such changes.
verb (used with object)
- over the entire surface of; everywhere: material printed all over with a floral design.
- thoroughly; entirely.
- finished: The war was all over and the soldiers came home.
Origin of over
Definition for over (2 of 2)
Origin of over-
Examples from the Web for over
Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Offending the other ones has been a central strategy for Paul over the last year.
Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Stay in formation,” a sergeant from the ceremonial unit said over a public address system to the cops along the street.
This is all that was said between them on the subject, and, immediately the meal was over, they retired to their rooms.Halcyone|Elinor Glyn
Over in her corner, between young Billings and the interloper, Stuart, Sue was having a beautiful time.Blue Bonnet in Boston|Caroline E. Jacobs
We take a less gloomy view of our errors now our father confessor listens to us over his egg and coffee.Adam Bede|George Eliot
Alf—that is my old man—he gets quite aggravated with me over it.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
A minute or two after the game was over Mr. Westinghouse, the chaplain, came into the drawing-room.The Socialist|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for over (1 of 2)
- opposite to
- contrasting with
- in addition, esp when not expected
- unfair or excessive
- a series of six balls bowled by a bowler from the same end of the pitch
- the play during this
Word Origin for over
British Dictionary definitions for over (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for over (1 of 2)
Old English ofer "beyond, above, upon, in, across, past; on high," from Proto-Germanic *uberi (cf. Old Saxon obar, Old Frisian over, Old Norse yfir, Old High German ubar, German über, Gothic ufar "over, above"), from PIE *uper (see super-). As an adjective from Old English uffera. As an adverb from late Old English. Sense of "finished" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "recovered from" is from 1929. In radio communication, used to indicate the speaker has finished speaking (1926). Adjective phrase over-the-counter is attested from 1875, originally of stocks and shares.
Word Origin and History for over (1 of 2)
word-forming element meaning "above; highest; across; too much; above normal; outer," from Old English ofer (see over). Over and its Germanic relations were widely used as prefixes, and sometimes could be used with negative force, though this is rare in Modern English. Cf. Gothic ufarmunnon "to forget," ufar-swaran "to swear falsely;" Old English ofercræft "fraud."
Idioms and Phrases with over
In addition to the idioms beginning with over
- over a barrel
- over again
- over against
- over and above
- over and done with
- over and over
- over my dead body
- over one's head
- over the edge
- over the hill
- over the hump
- over the top
- over with
- all over
(and entries beginning with all over)bend over backwardbind overblow overboil overbowl overcarry overcheck on (over)chew the cud (over)cloud overcome overcross overcrow overcry over spilt milkdo overdraw a veil overdrop by (over)fall all overfork overfuck overget overget the advantage of (over)give overgloss overgo overhand overhand over fisthang overhash overhave a hold overhave it (all over someone)head over heelshold overhoneymoon is overin deep water (over one's head)it's all over withjump all overkeel overkeep watch (over)kick over the tracesknock for a loop (over with a feather)knock overlay overlook like death (warmed over)look overlord it overlose sleep overmake overmind over mattermull overonce over lightlypaper overparty's overpass overpick overpull overpull the wool over someone's eyesput overrake over the coalsride roughshod overroll overroof over one's headrun one's eyes overrun overscoot oversign oversleep oversmooth overstand overstart overstop off (over)take overtalk overthink overthrow overtide overtill hell freezes overturn in (over) one's graveturn overturn over a new leafwalk all overwatch overwater over the damwin overwork over.