What does overnight mean?

Definitions for overnight
ˈoʊ vərˈnaɪt; ˈoʊ vərˌnaɪtovernight

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overnight.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nightlong, all-night, overnightadverb

    lasting, open, or operating through the whole night

    "a nightlong vigil"; "an all-night drugstore"; "an overnight trip"

  2. overnightadverb

    during or for the length of one night

    "the fish marinates overnight"

  3. overnightadverb

    happening in a short time or with great speed

    "these solutions cannot be found overnight!"


  1. overnightadverb

    During the night; hence, in a short period of time; as, his prospects of winning changed overnight.

  2. overnightadjective

    Ocurring or accomplished during one night; as, guaranteed overnight delivery of a package.


  1. overnightnoun

    Items delivered or completed overnight.

    Have you looked at the overnights yet?

  2. overnightnoun

    An overnight stay, especially in a hotel or other lodging facility.

  3. overnightverb

    To stay overnight; to spend the night.

  4. overnightverb

    To send something for delivery the next day.

    We can overnight you the documents for signature.

  5. overnightadverb

    Throughout the night

    Let it run overnight and we'll check on it in the morning.

  6. overnightadverb

    During a single night

    They delivered the package overnight.

  7. overnightadverb

    In a very short (but unspecified) amount of time

    The change seemed to happen overnight.

  8. overnightadjective

    Occurring between dusk and dawn.

    The overnight ferry docked at 10AM.

  9. overnightadjective

    Complete before the next morning.

    Don't expect results overnight.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Overnightnoun

    This seems to be used by Shakespeare as a noun, but by Addison more properly, as I have before placed it, as a noun with a preposition. Night before bed-time.

    Etymology: over and night.

    If I had given you this at over-night,
    She might have been o’erta’en. William Shakespeare.

    Will confesses, that for half his life his head ached every morning with reading men over-night. Addison.


  1. Overnight

    Overnight is a 2003 documentary by Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith. The film details the rise and fall of filmmaker and musician Troy Duffy, the writer-director of The Boondock Saints, and was filmed at his request. Duffy is presented as a victim of his own ego, and as the film progresses and his fortunes fade Duffy becomes increasingly abusive to his friends, relatives and business partners. According to co-director Montana, "Troy seemed to revel in the attention of Hollywood's lights and our cameras. Only three times during the production did he ask not to be filmed. It was on those occasions that he threatened us."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overnight

    ō′vėr-nīt, n. the forepart of the evening, esp. that of the day just past.—adv. during the night: on the evening of the day just past.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overnight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4254

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'overnight' in Adverbs Frequency: #401

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overnight in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overnight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of overnight in a Sentence

  1. Helane Becker:

    They started as an overnight letter company. But even before there was email, Fred Smith correctly surmised that fax would overtake the overnight letter, you have to admire the tenacity with which Fred Smith's continued to stay ahead of the curve.

  2. Rachel Denber:

    The past year, I would argue, has been the worst on record for human rights in Azerbaijan since the breakup of the Soviet Union, i don't think it's fair to expect countries to have perfect transitions overnight, or maybe even in 24 years (since Soviet disintegration in the region, in 1991). But I do think it's fair to expect them to not regress significantly.

  3. Darren Guccione:

    This hack or any other major hack will not cause the millennial generation to change their habits overnight, we're talking about changing the mindset of an entire generation that generally grew up to be very trusting with their digital information.

  4. John Kasich:

    I think the fundamental issue here are the resources, i don't want to give you exactly the numbers, but it's about half the resources in this bill that were in Obamacare. Now, I can tell you we can do with less resources, but you can't do it overnight and you can't give people a $3,000 or 4,000 health insurance policy. You know where they're going to be? They're going to be living in the emergency rooms again.

  5. Michael James:

    Overall, the tone of the market has gotten much better in the last week, and nothing happened overnight to dent that optimism, even with China down nearly 6 percent.

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  • цяла нощBulgarian
  • dros nosWelsh
  • pludselig, natten over, i nattens løb, straksDanish
  • über Nacht, Logiernacht, übernachtenGerman
  • pernoctar, de la noche a la mañana, de un día para otro, nocturnoSpanish
  • yhdessä yössä, yöpyminen, yön yli, yöpyäFinnish
  • nocturne, du jour au lendemainFrench
  • da un giorno all'altro, notturno, da un momento all'altroItalian
  • 一夜Japanese
  • 일박Korean
  • overnachten, van de ene dag op de andere, 's nachtsDutch
  • over nattenNorwegian
  • pernoite, noturno, pernoitarPortuguese
  • sur notgRomansh
  • одночасье, заночева́ть, [[за́]] [[ночь]], переночева́ть, внеза́пно, ночева́ть, ночно́й, [[весь, ночёвка, вдругRussian
  • övernattningSwedish
  • на нічUkrainian
  • ở qua đêmVietnamese

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