from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A superior.
- n. A ruler; master.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A superior; ruler; governor; lord.
From over + -ling on analogy with underling, or as a revived or dialectal term from Middle English overling ("a superior"), equivalent to over + -ling. (Wiktionary)