overcome etymology

English word overcome comes from Old English (ca. 450-1100) cuman (To come.), English come, English over-, Old English (ca. 450-1100) ofer-

Detailed word origin of overcome

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cuman Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To come.
come English (eng) (obsolete) Coming, arrival; approach.. (slang) Female ejaculatory discharge.. (slang) Semen (typography, obsolete) in its medieval use as a middot ⟨·⟩ serving as a form of colon. Used to indicate an event, period, or change in state occurring after a present time. (copulative, archaic) To become, to turn out to be.. (copulative, figuratively, with close) To approach a state of being or [...]
over- English (eng) Above, or higher. Excessively. Superior. Surrounding or covering.
ofer- Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Used to form nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions having intensive force, or with a sense of "going over, above".
ofercuman Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To overcome or overtake. To win or be victorious.
overcomen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
overcome English (eng) (intransitive) To win or prevail in some sort of battle, contest, etc.. (transitive) To surmount (a physical or abstract obstacle); to prevail over, to get the better of.. (transitive, obsolete) To win (a battle).. (transitive, usually in passive) To overwhelm with emotion.. To come or pass over; to spread over.. To overflow; to surcharge.

Words with the same origin as overcome

Descendants of cuman
become come comeback cum forthcoming outcome pre upcoming
Descendants of over-
overboard overcoat overdose overjoyed overload overrated overrun overseas oversight overthrow overtime overweight
Descendants of ofer-
overdo overhead override oversee