[noun oh-ver-muh n for 1, oh-ver-man for 2; verb oh-ver-man]

noun, plural o·ver·men [oh-ver-muh n for 1; oh-ver-men for 2] /ˈoʊ vər mən for 1; ˈoʊ vərˌmɛn for 2/.

a foreman, supervisor, or overseer.
a superman.

verb (used with object), o·ver·manned, o·ver·man·ning.

to oversupply with men, especially for service: Indiscriminate hiring had overmanned the factory.

Origin of overman

1200–1250; Middle English (noun); see over-, man1
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Examples from the Web for overman

Historical Examples of overman

  • 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.

  • "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.”

British Dictionary definitions for overman


verb (ˌəʊvəˈmæn) -mans, -manning or -manned

(tr) to supply with an excessive number of men

noun (ˈəʊvəˌmæn) plural -men

a man who oversees others
the Nietzschean superman
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