outstay (v.) Look up outstay at Dictionary.com
c. 1600, from out (adv.) + stay (v.).
outstretch (v.) Look up outstretch at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., from out + stretch (v.). Related: Outstretched; outstretching.
outstrip (v.) Look up outstrip at Dictionary.com
1570s, "to pass in running," from out + Middle English strip "move quickly," of unknown origin. Figurative sense of "to excel or surpass in anything" is from 1590s. Related: Outstripped; outstripping.
outward (adj.) Look up outward at Dictionary.com
Old English utweard "toward the outside, external" (of an enclosure, surface, etc.), earlier utanweard, from ute, utan "outside" (from ut; see out) + -weard (see -ward). Of persons, in reference to the external appearance (usually opposed to inner feelings), it is attested from c. 1500. Also as an adverb in Old English (utaword). Outward-bound "directed on a course out from home port" is first recorded c. 1600; with capital initials, it refers to a sea school founded in 1941. Related: Outwardly; outwardness.
outweigh (v.) Look up outweigh at Dictionary.com
1590s, from out (adv.) + weigh (v.). Related: Outweighed; outweighing.
outwit (v.) Look up outwit at Dictionary.com
"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.
outworn (adj.) Look up outworn at Dictionary.com
from out (adv.) + worn.
ouzel (n.) Look up ouzel at Dictionary.com
also ousel, from Old English osle "blackbird," from West Germanic *amslon- (source also of Old High German amsala, German amsel), probably from PIE *ams- "black, blackbird" (source also of Latin merula "blackbird," Welsh mwyalch "blackbird, thrush," Breton moualch "ouzel").
ouzo (n.) Look up ouzo at Dictionary.com
liquor flavored with aniseed, 1898, from Modern Greek ouzo, of uncertain origin. One theory [OED] is that it derives from Italian uso Massalia, literally "for Marsailles," which was stamped on selected packages of silkworm cocoons being shipped from Thessaly, and came to be taken for "of superior quality."
oval (adj.) Look up oval at Dictionary.com
1570s, from Modern Latin ovalis "egg-shaped" (source of French oval, 1540s), literally "of or pertaining to an egg," from Latin ovum "egg" (see ovary). The classical Latin word was ovatus.
oval (n.) Look up oval at Dictionary.com
1560s, from Middle French ovalle "oval figure," from Medieval Latin ovalis (see oval (adj.)).
Ovaltine Look up Ovaltine at Dictionary.com
proprietary name of a drink mix, 1906, probably based on Latin ovum (see oval), because eggs are one of the ingredients.
ovarian (adj.) Look up ovarian at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to an ovary or the ovaries," 1810, see ovary + -ian.
ovary (n.) Look up ovary at Dictionary.com
1650s, from Modern Latin ovarium "ovary" (16c.), from Medieval Latin ovaria "the ovary of a bird" (13c.), from Latin ovum "egg," from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg (n.)). In classical Latin, ovarius meant "egg-keeper."
ovate (n.) Look up ovate at Dictionary.com
1723, from assumed Latin plural Ovates, from Greek Ouateis "soothsayers, prophets," mentioned by Strabo as a third order in the Gaulish hierarchy, from Proto-Celtic *vateis, plural of *vatis, cognate with Latin vatis, Old Irish faith, Welsh ofydd. The modern word, and the artificial senses attached to it, are from the 18c. Celtic revival and the word appears first in Henry Rowlands.
ovate (adj.) Look up ovate at Dictionary.com
1760, from Latin ovatus "egg-shaped," from ovum "egg" (see ovum).
ovation (n.) Look up ovation at Dictionary.com
1530s, in the Roman historical sense, from Middle French ovation or directly from Latin ovationem (nominative ovatio) "a triumph, rejoicing," noun of action from past participle stem of ovare "exult, rejoice, triumph," probably imitative of a shout (compare Greek euazein "to utter cries of joy"). In Roman history, a lesser triumph, granted to a commander for achievements insufficient to entitle him to a triumph proper. Figurative sense of "burst of enthusiastic applause from a crowd" is first attested 1831.
oven (n.) Look up oven at Dictionary.com
Old English ofen "furnace, oven," from Proto-Germanic *ukhnaz (source also of Old Frisian, Dutch oven, Old High German ovan, German Ofen, Old Norse ofn, Old Swedish oghn, Gothic auhns), from PIE *aukw- "cooking pot" (source also of Sanskrit ukhah "pot, cooking pot," Latin aulla "pot," Greek ipnos), originally, perhaps, "something hollowed out." The oven-bird (1825) so called because of the shape of its nest. In slang, of a woman, to have (something) in the oven "to be pregnant" is attested from 1962.
over (prep.) Look up over at Dictionary.com
Old English ofer "beyond, above, upon, in, across, past; on high," from Proto-Germanic *uberi (source also of Old Saxon obar, Old Frisian over, Old Norse yfir, Old High German ubar, German über, Gothic ufar "over, above"), from PIE root *uper "over." As an adjective from Old English uffera. As an adverb from late Old English. Sense of "finished" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "recovered from" is from 1929. In radio communication, used to indicate the speaker has finished speaking (1926). Adjective phrase over-the-counter is attested from 1875, originally of stocks and shares.
over- Look up over- at Dictionary.com
word-forming element meaning "above; highest; across; too much; above normal; outer," from Old English ofer (from PIE root *uper "over"). Over and its Germanic relations were widely used as prefixes, and sometimes could be used with negative force. This is rare in Modern English, but compare Gothic ufarmunnon "to forget," ufar-swaran "to swear falsely;" Old English ofercræft "fraud."
over-abundance (n.) Look up over-abundance at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from over- + abundance.
over-abundant (adj.) Look up over-abundant at Dictionary.com
c. 1400, from over- + abundant.
over-achiever (n.) Look up over-achiever at Dictionary.com
also overachiever, 1953, from over- + agent noun of achieve (v.). Related: Over-achieve; over-achieving.
over-age (adj.) Look up over-age at Dictionary.com
1886, from over- + age (n.). Related: Over-aged "those who are too old" (late 15c.).
over-anxious (adj.) Look up over-anxious at Dictionary.com
1713, from over- + anxious. Related: Overanxiously; overanxiousness.
over-cautious (adj.) Look up over-cautious at Dictionary.com
1706, from over- + cautious. Related: Over-cautiously; over-cautiousness.
over-compensate (v.) Look up over-compensate at Dictionary.com
1758 (implied in over-compensated), from over- + compensate. Related: Over-compensating.
over-compensation (n.) Look up over-compensation at Dictionary.com
1917 in the psychological sense, translating German überkompensation, from over- + compensation. A term used by A. Alder to denote exaggerated striving for power in someone who has an inner sense of inferiority.
over-confidence (n.) Look up over-confidence at Dictionary.com
c. 1700, from over- + confidence.
over-confident (adj.) Look up over-confident at Dictionary.com
1610s, from over- + confident. Related: Overconfidently.
over-correction (n.) Look up over-correction at Dictionary.com
1828, from over- + correction.
over-educated (adj.) Look up over-educated at Dictionary.com
1788, from over- + educated.
over-estimate (v.) Look up over-estimate at Dictionary.com
1768, from over- + estimate (v.). Related: Over-estimated; over-estimating.
over-estimation (n.) Look up over-estimation at Dictionary.com
1793, noun of action from over-estimate (v.).
over-excite (v.) Look up over-excite at Dictionary.com
1708 (implied in over-excited), from over- + excite. Related: Over-exciting.
over-excitement (n.) Look up over-excitement at Dictionary.com
1815, from over- + excitement.
over-expose (v.) Look up over-expose at Dictionary.com
1869, in photography, from over- + expose (v.). Figurative sense, in reference to celebrity, first attested 1969 (implied in overexposure). Related: Over-exposed; over-exposing.
over-extend (v.) Look up over-extend at Dictionary.com
"to take on too much" (work, debt, etc.), 1937, from over- + extend. Related: Over-extended; over-extending.
over-indulge (v.) Look up over-indulge at Dictionary.com
1741, from over- + indulge. Related: Over-indulged; over-indulging.
over-indulgence (n.) Look up over-indulgence at Dictionary.com
also overindulgence, 1630s, from over- + indulgence. First attested in Donne.
over-long (adv.) Look up over-long at Dictionary.com
"for too long a time," late 14c., from over- + long (adj.).
over-populate (v.) Look up over-populate at Dictionary.com
also overpopulate, "to overrun with too many people," 1828 (implied in overpopulated), from over- + populate (v.). Related: Overpopulating. Over-populous "over-populated" is attested from 1670s.
over-population (n.) Look up over-population at Dictionary.com
"over-populousness," 1807, from over- + population. Malthus (1798) had over-populousness.
over-react (v.) Look up over-react at Dictionary.com
also overreact, 1961, from over- + react (v.). First attested in Lewis Mumford. Related: Over-reacting; overreacting; over-reaction.
over-ripe (adj.) Look up over-ripe at Dictionary.com
1670s, from over- + ripe (adj.).
over-sexed (adj.) Look up over-sexed at Dictionary.com
1898, from over- + past participle of sex (v.).
over-stuffed (adj.) Look up over-stuffed at Dictionary.com
also overstuffed, of furniture, "completely covered with a thick layer of stuffing," 1883, from over- + past participle of stuff (v.).
over-trouble (v.) Look up over-trouble at Dictionary.com
1580s, from over- + trouble (v.). Related: Over-troubled; over-troubling.
over-use (v.) Look up over-use at Dictionary.com
1670s, from over- + use (v.). Related: Overused; overusing.
over-wind (v.) Look up over-wind at Dictionary.com
also overwind, "wind too tight," c. 1600, from over- + wind (v.1). Related: Over-wound; over-winding.