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overstuffed

[oh-ver-stuhft] /ˈoʊ vərˌstʌft/
adjective
1.
stuffed or filled to excess.
2.
Furniture. having the entire frame covered by stuffing and upholstery, so that only decorative woodwork or the like is exposed:
an overstuffed sofa.
3.
filled with tedious or extraneous material; overlong:
an overstuffed biography.
4.
obese; corpulent:
an overstuffed man who was a compulsive eater.
Origin of overstuffed
1920-1925
1920-25; overstuff + -ed2

overstuff

[oh-ver-stuhf] /ˌoʊ vərˈstʌf/
verb (used with object)
1.
to force too much into:
If you overstuff your suitcase, the fastenings may not hold.
2.
Furniture. to cover completely with deep upholstery.
Origin
1935-40; over- + stuff
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Examples from the Web for over-stuffed
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  • The over-stuffed furniture of the four-room apartment was sold.

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  • Lo, Finny, said she, have a seat on the over-stuffed furniture.

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  • Three doors away, the old queen lay on the heap of over-stuffed mattresses, nestled in the center of an immense four-poster bed.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • There was a scurrying aboard ship for couches and over-stuffed chairs.

    Hunters Out of Space Joseph Everidge Kelleam
British Dictionary definitions for over-stuffed

overstuff

/ˌəʊvəˈstʌf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to force too much into
2.
to cover (furniture) entirely with upholstery
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Word Origin and History for over-stuffed
adj.

also overstuffed, of furniture, "completely covered with a thick layer of stuffing," 1883, from over- + past participle of stuff (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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