verb (1)
\ ˈglət How to pronounce glut (audio) \
glutted; glutting

Definition of glut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to flood (the market) with goods so that supply exceeds demand The market is glutted with oil.
2 : to fill especially with food to satiety glutted themselves at the restaurant buffet



Definition of glut (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an excessive quantity : oversupply a glut of oil on the market
2 archaic : the act or process of glutting


verb (2)
glutted; glutting

Definition of glut (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to swallow greedily

Synonyms for glut

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Verb (2)

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for glut

Verb (1)

satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion. satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire. years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel readers were sated with sensationalistic stories surfeit implies a nauseating repletion. surfeited themselves with junk food cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting. sentimental pictures that cloy after a while pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite. a life of leisure eventually begins to pall glut implies excess in feeding or supplying. a market glutted with diet books gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking. gorged themselves with chocolate

Examples of glut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The internet is glutted with second-by-second countdown clocks and the mania is even spurring a hike in hiring by crypto firms worldwide. Vildana Hajric,, 19 Mar. 2020 Now, thanks largely to those export terminals, the global market is glutted. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2020 That’s even as the market is already glutted, with prices down about 30% in 12 months. Fortune, 12 Nov. 2019 Because the market is glutted, all buyers can demand purity standards at or near the level China has set. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, 25 Aug. 2019 The current milk landscape is glutted with options, but only because nobody is happy. Rachel Sugar, Vox, 14 Aug. 2019 And in a third poster, featuring Captain America solo, Evans is twisted in a pose that exposes America’s glutes to full effect. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, 18 June 2019 The nation’s courtrooms have been glutted with millions of collection lawsuits, many of which are backed by thin documentation. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, 28 July 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The popping of that cryptomining bubble also led to a glut of inventory that retailers had trouble moving, even after price cuts. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 The Staircase, a multi-part documentary by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, is something of a grandfather to the current glut of true-crime programming. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 Hey, Hoynsie: When will the Guardians make a deal to get rid of their glut of middle infielders? Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 The video-forward social media platform, initially adopted by Gen Z, has become inescapable, along with its glut of content. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 8 Apr. 2022 Seagate’s total revenue first dropped from $11.2 billion in FY ’18 to $10.4 billion in FY ’19, primarily due to the semiconductor supply glut hurting selling prices. Trefis Team, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The paradox is the glut of information and the dearth of observation. Lynn Steger Strong, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Earlier in the pandemic there was a glut of good deals. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 There is also a glut of younger players led by Tim Smith who could compete for playing time, along with incoming freshmen Jaheim Oatis, Khurtiss Perry and Isaiah Hastings. Mike Rodak |, al, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'glut.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of glut

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


circa 1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glut

Verb (1) and Noun

Middle English glouten, probably from Anglo-French glutir to swallow, from Latin gluttire — more at glutton

Verb (2)

probably from obsolete glut, noun, swallow

Learn More About glut

Time Traveler for glut

Time Traveler

The first known use of glut was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near glut



glutaconic acid

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for glut

Cite this Entry

“Glut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for glut


\ ˈglət How to pronounce glut (audio) \
glutted; glutting

Kids Definition of glut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make very full
2 : to flood with goods so that supply is greater than demand The market is glutted with new cars.



Kids Definition of glut (Entry 2 of 2)

: too much of something

More from Merriam-Webster on glut

Nglish: Translation of glut for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of glut for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!