Nearby words

  1. overmedicate,
  2. overmodulation,
  3. overmorrow,
  4. overmuch,
  5. overnice,
  6. overnight bag,
  7. overnight telegram,
  8. overnighter,
  9. overnutrition,
  10. overoptimism

Origin of overnight

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at over-, night

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British Dictionary definitions for overnight

overnight

adverb (ˌəʊvəˈnaɪt)

for the duration of the nightwe stopped overnight
in or as if in the course of one night; suddenlythe situation changed overnight

adjective (ˈəʊvəˌnaɪt) (usually prenominal)

verb (intr)

to stay the night
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Word Origin and History for overnight

overnight

adv.

early 14c., from over- + night (n.). Originally "on the preceding evening;" sense of "during the night" is attested from 1530s. Meaning "in the course of a single night, hence seemingly instantaneously" is attested from 1939.

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