Definition of overset in English:


Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈset/ /ˌoʊvərˈsɛt/

transitive verboversets, oversetting, overset

[with object]dated
  • 1Overturn.

    ‘he jumped up and overset the canoe’
    • ‘‘She overset my trigonometry,’ Burns complained, ‘and set me off at a tangent from the sphere of my studies.’’
    • ‘The Scriv. overset his cucurbit of corn mash with a jaundiced expletive.’
    • ‘One is that the reasoning in Enderby, on which it is explicitly founded, was overset by the European Court of Justice.’
    • ‘Her motion overset the ink bottle, flooding the seventh grain of rice.’
    • ‘If, but only if, the SENT has gone wrong in law will the High Court overset its judgment.’
    overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn, capsize, turn topsy-turvy
  • 2Upset emotionally.

    ‘the small kindness nearly overset her again’
    • ‘He coughed, slightly overset by her uh, frank discussion of his private… matters.’
    • ‘‘Joel has overset her, altogether.’’
    • ‘The shock overset her not-too-well-balanced mind.’
    upset, overturn, topple over, turn over, throw over, knock over, push over, knock down, upend, invert, capsize, turn topsy-turvy



/ˌōvərˈset/ /ˌoʊvərˈsɛt/