over·​stock | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstäk How to pronounce overstock (audio) \
plural overstocks

Definition of overstock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a surplus of stock : an excessively large inventory of goods Dealers were reminded at the fall Comdex show that they could lose their contracts if they were caught selling their overstock of PCs … to unauthorized dealers.— David Stamps A group of women from the fashion industry got together to buy designer overstocks for men, women and children and sell them at a discount on the Internet.— Jill Sabulis


over·​stock | \ ˌō-vər-ˈstäk How to pronounce overstock (audio) \
overstocked; overstocking

Definition of overstock (Entry 2 of 2)

1 transitive + intransitive : to stock too much or too many of (something) : to get or have excess inventory of (a good or goods) The big, reputable department stores frequently overstock designers' wares for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.— John Heilemann discounting overstocked merchandise Don't overstock. Sure, you don't want to run out of product. … But tying up all your capital in inventory can turn your company into the Titanic.— Michelle Goodman
2 transitive : to provide (something or someone) with too large a supply of something Supermarkets are already overstocking their shelves with traditional Thanksgiving food items.— Michelle Singletary Retailers try to walk a fine line between threatening their profits by overstocking their stores—as happened the last couple of years—and running out of popular gift items, which means lost sales.— Jenny Strasburg … many American cities are overstocked with … office and residential space.— Don McLeod … we agonized about overstocking the list with luxurious French restaurants, big-city restaurants, or those with famous chefs.Gourmet

First Known Use of overstock


1710, in the meaning defined above


1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overstock. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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