Definition of superannuated
- a superannuated graduate student
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
a periodical that insists on using largely superannuated terms like “editress” and “aviatrix”
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'superannuated.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
: old and therefore no longer very effective or useful
What made you want to look up superannuated? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).