beyond the acceptable or desired age: overage for the draft.
older than usual or expected for the activity, position, etc.: an overage baseball player who still outperforms many rookies.
too old to be serviceable; antiquated: She drives an overage car.

Origin of overage

First recorded in 1885–90; over- + age



noun Commerce.

an excess supply of merchandise.
the value of goods in excess of the amount called for by stock records; money in excess of the amount called for by sales records.

Origin of overage

First recorded in 1940–45; over- + -age
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Examples from the Web for overage

Contemporary Examples of overage

Historical Examples of overage

  • But, what if these men that get the overage credited to 'em refuse to come across?

  • The victims are usually criminals, or overage or incorrigible slaves, or prisoners of war.

    Temple Trouble

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Many of the available tractors and combines are overage and obsolete.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for overage



beyond a specified age
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Word Origin and History for overage

"a surplus amount," 1945, a banking term, coined from over on model of shortage.

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