[verb oh-ver-print; noun oh-ver-print]

verb (used with object)

Printing. to print additional material or another color on a form or sheet previously printed.


Printing. a quantity of printing in excess of that desired; overrun.
  1. any word, inscription, or device written or printed on the face of a stamp that alters, limits, or describes its use, place of issue, or character.
  2. a stamp so marked.

Nearby words

  1. overpraise,
  2. overprescribe,
  3. overpressure,
  4. overprice,
  5. overpriced,
  6. overprivileged,
  7. overprize,
  8. overproduce,
  9. overproduction,
  10. overpronounce

Origin of overprint

First recorded in 1850–55; over- + print

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British Dictionary definitions for overprint


verb (ˌəʊvəˈprɪnt)

(tr) to print (additional matter or another colour) on a sheet of paper

noun (ˈəʊvəˌprɪnt)

additional matter or another colour printed onto a previously printed sheet
additional matter, other than a change in face value, applied to a finished postage stamp by printing, stamping, etcSee also surcharge (def. 5), provisional (def. 2)
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