- a person who oversees; supervisor; manager: the overseer of a plantation.
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"Let the men rest and thank the gods," he said to his overseer.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
So I took her in, and the overseer said I was welcome to her.
She was the overseer's cross; no one could help him bear it.
The slaves sat round an overseer who shook the dozing and nudged the slow.The Age of Invention
Don't she boss him round like the overseer on a cranberry swamp?Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- Also called (less commonly): overlooker a person who oversees others, esp workmen
- British history short for overseer of the poor; a minor official of a parish attached to the workhouse or poorhouse
late 14c., agent noun from oversee (v.).