noun sur·feit \ˈsər-fət\

: an amount that is too much or more than you need

Full Definition of SURFEIT

:  an overabundant supply :  excess
:  an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink)
:  disgust caused by excess

Examples of SURFEIT

  1. <ended up with a surfeit of volunteers who simply got in each other's way>

Origin of SURFEIT

Middle English surfet, from Anglo-French, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- + faire to do, from Latin facere — more at do
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of SURFEIT

transitive verb
:  to feed, supply, or give to surfeit
intransitive verb
archaic :  to indulge to satiety in a gratification (as indulgence of the appetite or senses)
sur·feit·er noun

Examples of SURFEIT

  1. <having surfeited ourselves on raw oysters, we had to decline the rest of the restaurant's offerings>

First Known Use of SURFEIT

14th century

Related to SURFEIT

cram, glut, sate, stuff, gorge
See Synonym Discussion at satiate


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