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[gluht] /glʌt/
verb (used with object), glutted, glutting.
to feed or fill to satiety; sate:
to glut the appetite.
to feed or fill to excess; cloy.
to flood (the market) with a particular item or service so that the supply greatly exceeds the demand.
to choke up:
to glut a channel.
verb (used without object), glutted, glutting.
to eat to satiety or to excess.
a full supply.
an excessive supply or amount; surfeit.
an act of glutting or the state of being glutted.
Origin of glut
1275-1325; Middle English gluten, back formation from glutun glutton1
Related forms
gluttingly, adverb
overglut, verb (used with object), overglutted, overglutting.
unglutted, adjective
1. surfeit, stuff, satiate. 5. gorge, cram. 7. surplus, excess, superabundance. Unabridged
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  • Expose thy naked and unprotected head to glut his vengeance.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • You may glut yourself with his suffering and feed fat your revenge.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • When there is a glut in the market, Jonathan, you know what happens.

  • My employers are enough to glut your rage an' you were a tiger.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Periods of glut and want of work will be impossible in the new community.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for glut


an excessive amount, as in the production of a crop, often leading to a fall in price
the act of glutting or state of being glutted
verb (transitive) gluts, glutting, glutted
to feed or supply beyond capacity
to supply (a market) with a commodity in excess of the demand for it
to cram full or choke up: to glut a passage
Derived Forms
gluttingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old French gloutir, from Latin gluttīre; see glutton1
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Word Origin and History for glut

early 14c., "to swallow too much; to feed to repletion," probably from Old French gloter "to swallow, gulp down," from Latin gluttire "swallow, gulp down," from PIE root *gwele- "to swallow" (cf. Russian glot "draught, gulp"). Related: Glutted; glutting.


1530s, "a gulp," from glut (v.). Meaning "condition of being full or sated" is 1570s; mercantile sense is first recorded 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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glut in Culture

glut definition

An oversupply of goods on the market.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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