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[oh-ver-sleep] /ˌoʊ vərˈslip/
verb (used without object), overslept, oversleeping.
to sleep beyond the proper or intended time of waking:
He overslept and missed his train.
verb (used with object), overslept, oversleeping.
to sleep beyond (a certain hour):
She had overslept her usual time of arising.
to let (oneself) sleep past the hour of arising:
Of all mornings to oversleep myself!
Origin of oversleep
1350-1400; Middle English; see over-, sleep Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have no patience with the worm, and when I rise with the lark I am always careful to select a lark that has overslept himself.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • She overslept and missed her first recitation yesterday morning.

  • I was reading far into the night and must have overslept myself.

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • A conscience that had overslept itself began to stir and waken.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • overslept myself, to begin with, and somebody stole my hat at the club, and left me this bicycle cap in its place.

  • He went home, but overslept himself, and had to dress in a hurry.

  • All might have gone smoothly if only she had not overslept one morning in late September.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • If we have overslept our matins, they say, we will make up at high mass.

  • And occasionally in the journals the officer notes that he overslept in the morning, and did not "call the cook" early enough.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
  • She was afraid she had overslept and lost some of the precious time with Donald.

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation Grace Livingston Hill
British Dictionary definitions for overslept


verb -sleeps, -sleeping, -slept
(intransitive) to sleep beyond the intended time for getting up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overslept



late 14c., from over- + sleep (v.). Related: Overslept; oversleeping. Old English had a noun oferslæp "too much sleep."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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