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[oh-ver-see-er, -seer] /ˈoʊ vərˌsi ər, -ˌsɪər/
a person who oversees; supervisor; manager:
the overseer of a plantation.
Origin of overseer
1350-1400; Middle English; see oversee, -er1
Related forms
suboverseer, noun
chief, head, boss, director. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overseer
  • Two different countries with no overseer causing an imbalance.
  • With a singular currency, one needs a singular financial overseer in order to maintain it.
  • Common farmers seldom employ any overseer to direct the general operations of the farm.
  • Automakers' bailout hinges on the details, including an overseer.
  • When they are getting too full, the wagons should carry the grain to the overseer's house, to be carefully stowed away.
  • The overseer got away and has never been seen there since.
  • Modifications to the overseer's house include the tin roof and the interior, which is much reworked.
British Dictionary definitions for overseer


Also called (less commonly) overlooker. a person who oversees others, esp workmen
(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

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

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