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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Historical Examples of overpay

  • "You overpay me a thousand times for everything, Mrs. Maxwell," said the actor.

    The Story of a Play

    W. D. Howells

  • She must be the reward of his services; nor can he do services so great that such a reward will not overpay them.

    The Bravo of Venice

    Heinrich Zschokke

  • He binds Himself to repay and overpay all sacrifice in His service.

  • To supererogate is to overpay, or to do more than duty requires.

    Write It Right

    Ambrose Bierce

  • See to it that thy accounting is correct, and overpay no man!

    Rung Ho!

    Talbot Mundy

British Dictionary definitions for overpay


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 overpay

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

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