verb (used with object), glut·ted, glut·ting.

verb (used without object), glut·ted, glut·ting.

to eat to satiety or to excess.


Origin of glut

1275–1325; Middle English gluten, back formation from glutun glutton1
Related formsglut·ting·ly, adverbo·ver·glut, verb (used with object), o·ver·glut·ted, o·ver·glut·ting.un·glut·ted, adjective

Synonyms for glut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of glut

Historical Examples of glut

  • Expose thy naked and unprotected head to glut his vengeance.


    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.


    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 gluts, glutting or glutted (tr)

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 upto glut a passage
Derived Formsgluttingly, adverb

Word Origin for glut

C14: probably from Old French gloutir, from Latin gluttīre; see glutton 1
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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

glut in Culture


An oversupply of goods on the market.

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