over·​feed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfēd How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \
overfed\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈfed How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \; overfeeding

Definition of overfeed

transitive verb

: to feed to excess

intransitive verb

: to eat to excess

Examples of overfeed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infants who are bottle feeding may be more likely to overfeed, because drinking from a bottle may take less effort than breastfeeding. Tribune News Service, al, 7 June 2022 Don’t overfeed your worms — the biggest problem of all. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Add fresh mulch, plant deep (really deep), feed the soil, but don’t overfeed the plant. Remy Tumin, New York Times, 13 May 2020 Though you may be tempted to spoil your pet, limit treats and don’t overfeed it. Michele C. Hollow, New York Times, 6 May 2020 Dogs, especially smaller breeds, require far fewer calories than humans do and are easy to overfeed. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, 11 Jan. 2020 The flaw lets hackers gain access to the pet feeders, letting them do things like overfeed your cat or dog. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 16 Nov. 2019 And a pet peeve, a First World pet peeve, is going to fine-dining restaurants where their solution is to overfeed you so many carbs and starches! Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2019 Similar to train travel, don’t overfeed your pet before flying. Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of overfeed

1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Overfeed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfeed. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for overfeed


over·​feed | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfēd How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \
overfed\ -​ˈfed How to pronounce overfeed (audio) \; overfeeding

Medical Definition of overfeed

transitive verb

: to feed to excess

intransitive verb

: to eat to excess

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