From Middle English overlepen, from Old English oferhlēapan, equivalent to over- + leap. Compare Dutch overlopen (“to spill over; overflow”), German überlaufen (“to overrun; overflow”).
overleap (third-person singular simple present overleaps, present participle overleaping, simple past and past participle overleaped or overleapt)
- (transitive) To leap over, to jump over, to cross by jumping. [from 8th c.]
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.7:
- Nor hedge, nor ditch, nor hill, nor dale she staies, / But overleapes them all, like Robucke light […].
- (transitive) To pass over; to omit, leave out. [from 10th c.]
- 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 141:
- It should be noted that even modest German efforts to overleap the power-political constraints on imperial expansion met with sturdy resistance from the established world powers.
- (dated, reflexive) To make too much effort in leaping; to leap too far.
- I overleapt myself and stumbled.