[oh-ver-see-er, -seer]


a person who oversees; supervisor; manager: the overseer of a plantation.

Nearby words

  1. oversea,
  2. overseas,
  3. overseas cap,
  4. overseas telegram,
  5. oversee,
  6. oversell,
  7. oversensitive,
  8. overset,
  9. oversew,
  10. oversexed

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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British Dictionary definitions for overseer



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
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Word Origin and History for overseer



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

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