from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Above or upon in position: overpass; overcoat.
  • Superior in rank or importance: overlord.
  • To an inverted or reverse position: overturn.
  • Excessively: overcharge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • above, or higher
  • superior
  • excessively


Middle English, from Old English ofer-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English over-, from Old English ofer- ("over-"), from Proto-Germanic *ubar- (“over-”). Cognate with Dutch over-, German über-, Danish over-, Swedish över-. More at over. (Wiktionary)



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