From over + -ling on analogy with underling, or as a revived or dialectal term from Middle English overling (“a superior”), equivalent to over + -ling.
"overling." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 10 December 2018. <https://www.yourdictionary.com/overling>.
overling. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10th, 2018, from https://www.yourdictionary.com/overling
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