su·​per·​an·​nu·​at·​ed | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈan-yə-ˌwā-təd How to pronounce superannuated (audio) \

Definition of superannuated

1 : outmoded, old-fashioned superannuated slang superannuated planes
2a : incapacitated or disqualified for active duty by advanced age
b : older than the typical member of a specified group a superannuated graduate student

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Superannuated was first put to use in English in the 1600s, having been borrowed from Medieval Latin superannuatus, the past participle of "superannuari" ("to be too old") - from Latin super- ("over" or "above") and "annus" ("year"). Shortly thereafter, we made our own verb, "superannuate," from the adjective. Superannuate meant "to retire and pension because of age or infirmity as well as "to declare obsolete," meanings that are still in active service. "Superannuated" can mean "outmoded or old-fashioned," as in "superannuated slang" or "superannuated neckties," or it can simply mean "older than usual," as in our example sentence.

Examples of superannuated in a Sentence

a periodical that insists on using largely superannuated terms like “editress” and “aviatrix”
Recent Examples on the Web Predominantly white, male and English, the cabbies present a superannuated vision of Britain, next to the ethnically diverse immigrants and other strivers who get behind the wheel and slap an Uber decal on their window. Mark Landler, New York Times, "‘Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards," 3 Dec. 2020 Not just the question of superannuated friendships, but also past-prime careers, aging bodies, senior finances and calcifying personality traits are all fairly coldly examined here. Marion Winik, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Weekend,' by Charlotte Wood," 31 July 2020 Recently Wells penned a troll-y and enjoyable slam of Peter Luger, a superannuated steakhouse institution in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge that opened in 1887. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "Nobody Really Goes to Peter Luger for the Food Anyway," 6 Nov. 2019 Mascherano had given the ball away repeatedly in the first half, and a vital presence for Argentina over the years who increasingly looks superannuated. Jonathan Wilson,, "From Elimination to Elation: Argentina Somehow Staves Off Early World Cup Exit," 26 June 2018 No superannuated Skywalker, marooned on his little island rock. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”," 4 June 2017 Everest has become an antidote to mid-life crises — a quotidian item on the bucket lists of superannuated dentists and CFOs. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 Tiangong-1 itself was probably supposed to have been guided into the remote southern Pacific Ocean, the dumping site of choice for superannuated space hardware, in 2013. The Economist, "An out-of-control Chinese space station will soon fall to Earth," 15 Mar. 2018 True, these superannuated children barely try to convince one another of anything Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Reimagining ‘Peter Pan’ for the Lipitor Demographic," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of superannuated

circa 1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for superannuated

Medieval Latin superannuatus, past participle of superannuari to be too old, from Latin super- + annus year — more at annual

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8 Dec 2020

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“Superannuated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superannuated

formal : old and therefore no longer very effective or useful

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