Definition of "overseer" []

  • One who keeps watch over and directs the work of others, especially laborers. (noun)
  • A supervisor or superintendent. (noun)
  • A person who oversees others, esp workmen (noun)

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  • Short for overseer of the poor; a minor official of a parish attached to the workhouse or poorhouse (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "overseer" in a sentence
  • "And their bailiff, a serf, or some overseer from the German natives, gets the peasant under his thumb again."
  • "The method of the overseer is short and simple: apart from considerations of morality, conscience, and divine retribution, it seemed a short road to the accomplishment of his purpose."
  • "Mr. L —, who for the last two years has been his own overseer, is also active and energetic, and busy from morning till night, and while superintending the management of the estate, is indefatigable and unceasing in his pastoral duties among the people."