oversleep

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Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ sleep

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  • IPA(key): /ˈəʊvəɹˌsliːp/

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oversleep (third-person singular simple present oversleeps, present participle oversleeping, simple past and past participle overslept)

  1. (intransitive) To sleep for longer than intended. [from 14th c.]
    I overslept and was late for school.
  2. (reflexive, now rare) To sleep for longer than one intended. [from 15th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 81:
      [A]fter such a train of fatigue and restless nights, I had unhappily overslept myself […].
    • 1764, Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto, IV:
      Theodore made awkward excuses, and attributed his delay to having overslept himself.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows:
      The following morning, Toad, who had overslept himself as usual, came down to breakfast disgracefully late, [...].
  3. (transitive) To sleep beyond (a given time), to sleep through (an event etc.). [from 16th c.]
    to oversleep one's usual hour of rising

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