[oh-ver-doo, -dyoo]


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 formso·ver·due·ness, noun
Can be confusedoverdo overdue

Synonyms for overdue

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Contemporary Examples of overdue

Historical Examples of overdue

  • 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.


    Joseph Conrad

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


    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
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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.).

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