Definitions of overstay

  1. stay too long; " overstay or outstay one's welcome"
  2. To stay beyond the time or the limits of; as, to overstay the appointed time.

Usage examples for overstay

  1. Yet I think he will overstay the term, for my lord Gawain will not allow him to part from him, as together they go to joust wherever tournaments are held. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  2. I say too much perhaps, and overstay my commission. – The Lucky Man by Michel Baron, translated by Frank J. Morlock
  3. It will be readily believed that George Bertram did not overstay the three months. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  4. When people overstay their usual time, tempers are apt to get rather difficult. – Chantry House by Charlotte M. Yonge
  5. But of course we spread the tablecloth, just as you did, over all drawbacks of the sort; and the beef and oil, as I said, and the wine too, were liberal and excellent, and we made our gratitude apparent in Robert's best Tuscan- in spite of which we were turned out ignominiously at the end of five days, having been permitted to overstay the usual three days by only two. – The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) by Frederic G. Kenyon