Definitions for overshadowˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word overshadow

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•shad•owˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ(v.t.)

  1. to exceed in importance or significance.

  2. to cast a shadow over.

Origin of overshadow:

bef. 900

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overshadow, dominate, eclipse(verb)

    be greater in significance than

    "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

  2. shadow, overshadow, dwarf(verb)

    make appear small by comparison

    "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"

  3. overshadow(verb)

    cast a shadow upon

    "The tall tree overshadowed the house"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overshadow(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ

    (of a situation) to make another situation seem less important or more negative

    The baseball scandal has overshadowed the start of a new season.


  1. overshadow(Verb)

    To obscure something by casting a shadow.

  2. overshadow(Verb)

    To dominate something and make it seem insignificant.

  3. Origin: ofersceadwian, from ofer- + sceadwian, a calque of obumbro, from ob + umbro. Compare Dutch overschaduwen, German überschatten.

Translations for overshadow

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make less important especially by being much better than

With her beauty and wit she quite overshadowed her sister.

Get even more translations for overshadow »


Find a translation for the overshadow definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these overshadow definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"overshadow." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 22 Nov. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for overshadow?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for overshadow: