American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To sleep beyond one's usual or intended time for waking.
- v. To sleep beyond the time for: I overslept my appointment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sleep beyond: as, to oversleep the usual hour of rising.
- To sleep beyond the proper or desired time of waking.
- v. To involuntarily stay sleeping longer than planned.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To sleep beyond.
- v. To sleep too long.
- v. sleep longer than intended
“Why is this man so fixated about wars, if you going to Iraq and telling our military it is time for them to come home, then by all means, please go but if you are going over to use them again, then God, please let McCain oversleep and miss his flight, thank you.”
“Kids will oversleep and miss breakfast hours at the cafeteria.”
“She'd be so tired that she would oversleep and miss the pick-up time at the end of the school day.”
“You could oversleep an hour and still get to work on time.”
“Frustrated iPhone users took to Twitter with their complaints, many noting that the glitch had caused them to oversleep and miss appointments.”
“Petra did not sleep well that night, torn between worry that he might oversleep and …. overstimulating … images of the Freefolk girl dancing.”
“It's windy and raining here in Providence (and oddly warm, high 50sF), and Spooky and I both took that as a cue to oversleep.”
“Would very much like to play some games on Lex, but I'm bound to oversleep.”
“Age was a major varying factor, with younger people more likely to oversleep and those over 55 increasingly spurning a clock at all.”
“But whereas I, amateur slumberer that I am, can only manage to oversleep by a matter of hours, Gareth has mastered the art to such a degree that he can do it for days at a time, as his contribution today on that bastion of truthiness, Freedom Central, demonstrates:”
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