verb (used with object), o·ver·paid, o·ver·pay·ing.

to pay more than (an amount due): I received a credit after overpaying the bill.
to pay (a person) in excess.

Origin of overpay

First recorded in 1595–1605; over- + pay1
Related formso·ver·pay·ment [oh-ver-pey-muh nt, oh-ver-pey-muh nt] /ˌoʊ vərˈpeɪ mənt, ˈoʊ vərˌpeɪ mənt/, nounun·o·ver·paid, adjective
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Related Words for overpaid

exaggerated, overpriced, overpaid, hyped-up

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Historical Examples of overpaid

  • Which seems likely to become the dernier cri of the overpaid throughout all the ages.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • We have been overpaid by the pleasure of your stay at Northfield.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • You put it to me that you wanted to buy me, and I could name the price—you have overpaid it.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • It was in vain that his services were overpaid with honours and riches.

  • That isn't it, Mrs. Duncan; you paid me six cents too much—you overpaid me.

    In The Boyhood of Lincoln

    Hezekiah Butterworth

British Dictionary definitions for overpaid


verb -pays, -paying or -paid

to pay (someone) at too high a rate
to pay (someone) more than is due, as by an error
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Word Origin and History for overpaid



c.1600, from over- + pay (v.). Related: Overpaid; overpaying.

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