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[soo-pur-floo-uh s] /sʊˈpɜr flu əs/
being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
unnecessary or needless.
Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.
Origin of superfluous
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin superfluus, equivalent to super- super- + flu- (stem of fluere to flow) + -us -ous
Related forms
superfluously, adverb
superfluousness, noun
unsuperfluous, adjective
unsuperfluously, adverb
unsuperfluousness, noun
1. extra; redundant. Unabridged
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  • Of the significance of the life of this great man, it would be superfluous to speak.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Comments on these letters would be superfluous, as they speak forcibly for themselves.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • That is the civilized fashion; and is superfluous among savages.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • It was just as well—any further word of mine would have been superfluous.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • She was a tall, large woman, well-knit, with no superfluous flesh.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for superfluous


exceeding what is sufficient or required
not necessary or relevant; uncalled-for
(obsolete) extravagant in expenditure or oversupplied with possessions
Derived Forms
superfluously, adverb
superfluousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin superfluus overflowing, from super- + fluere to flow
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Contemporary definitions for superfluous

unnecessary; uncalled-for; wasteful

Word Origin

Latin super- + fluere 'to flow''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for superfluous

early 15c. (earlier superflue, late 14c.), from Latin superfluus "unnecessary," literally "overflowing," from superfluere "to overflow," from super "over" (see super-) + fluere "to flow" (see fluent).

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