[ 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 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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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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