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[oh-ver-feed] /ˌoʊ vərˈfid/
verb (used with or without object), overfed, overfeeding.
to feed or eat to excess.
Origin of overfeed
First recorded in 1600-10; over- + feed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were not overfed; I never saw youngsters so much let alone.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller
  • Not only baffled in his search, but lost, like an overfed Gorgio, on the moor.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Tetlow's fat, smooth, pasty face of the overfed, underexercised professional man became a curious exhibit of alarm and obstinacy.

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • You've the passions of overfed lap dogs with atrophied appetites.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
  • This latter had a huge, round head and a fat, brutal face, and his immense body gave him the appearance of an overfed animal.

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
  • My designing is beauty wasted on the blindness of the city's overfed.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • Beneath the pomp of his trappings, the fat, overfed body protruded grotesquely, and his movements were slow and clumsy.

  • Why, there was, for us, no more significance in living than there is to any overfed animal!

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • She gave her card to the overfed menial, who read it—and it was no business of his!

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
Word Origin and History for overfed

1570s, from over- + fed (adj.).



also over-feed, c.1600, from over- + feed (v.). Related: overfed; overfeeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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overfed in Medicine

overfeed o·ver·feed (ō'vər-fēd')
v. o·ver·fed (-fěd'), o·ver·feed·ing, o·ver·feeds
To feed or eat too often or too much.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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