[oh-ver-see-er, -seer]
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Origin of overseer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at oversee, -er1
Related formssub·o·ver·se·er, noun

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Related Words for overseer

superintendent, supervisor, head, executive, manager

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British Dictionary definitions for overseer


  1. Also called (less commonly): overlooker a person who oversees others, esp workmen
  2. British history short for overseer of the poor; a minor official of a parish attached to the workhouse or poorhouse
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Word Origin and History for overseer

late 14c., agent noun from oversee (v.).

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