[ oh-ver-sleep ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈslip /

verb (used without object), o·ver·slept, o·ver·sleep·ing.

to sleep beyond the proper or intended time of waking: He overslept and missed his train.

verb (used with object), o·ver·slept, o·ver·sleep·ing.

to sleep beyond (a certain hour): She had overslept her usual time of arising.
to let (oneself) sleep past the hour of arising: Of all mornings to oversleep myself!


Nearby words

  1. oversimplify,
  2. oversize,
  3. oversized,
  4. overskirt,
  5. overslaugh,
  6. oversleeve,
  7. overslip,
  8. oversold,
  9. oversolicitous,
  10. oversoul

Origin of oversleep

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, sleep

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British Dictionary definitions for overslept


/ (ˌəʊvəˈsliːp) /

verb -sleeps, -sleeping or -slept

(intr) to sleep beyond the intended time for getting up
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Word Origin and History for overslept



late 14c., from over- + sleep (v.). Related: Overslept; oversleeping. Old English had a noun oferslæp "too much sleep."

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