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overseer

[oh-ver-see-er, -seer] /ˈoʊ vərˌsi ər, -ˌsɪər/
noun
1.
a person who oversees; supervisor; manager:
the overseer of a plantation.
Origin of overseer
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see oversee, -er1
Related forms
suboverseer, noun
Synonyms
chief, head, boss, director.
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Examples from the Web for overseer
Historical Examples
  • The overseer cast a fierce but embarrassed look at the Creole.

  • So I took her in, and the overseer said I was welcome to her.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Butty, a word used in the mining districts to denote a kind of overseer.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Or ought this science to be the overseer and governor of all the others?

    Statesman Plato
  • Even Mrs. Magwire, the overseer's wife, with whom she lived, had forgotten to hurry or to scold her.

  • Once an overseer challenged him, demanding to know his business.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But his selection as overseer of the work-rooms was another instance of Tapp's want of judgment.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The old shanty I have described was now the place of the overseer's confinement.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
  • Hearing the voice of the overseer without, he suspended his work, and listening attentively, became a party to their councils.

    Fifty Years in Chains Charles Ball
  • These people were the "North County folks," on whom the overseer had invoked a hanging.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
British Dictionary definitions for overseer

overseer

/ˈəʊvəˌsiːə/
noun
1.
Also called (less commonly) overlooker. a person who oversees others, esp workmen
2.
(Brit, 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
n.

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

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