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verb (used with object), glut·ted, glut·ting.
  1. to feed or fill to satiety; sate: to glut the appetite.
  2. to feed or fill to excess; cloy.
  3. to flood (the market) with a particular item or service so that the supply greatly exceeds the demand.
  4. to choke up: to glut a channel.
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verb (used without object), glut·ted, glut·ting.
  1. to eat to satiety or to excess.
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  1. a full supply.
  2. an excessive supply or amount; surfeit.
  3. an act of glutting or the state of being glutted.
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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


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Historical Examples

  • The boughs swung over them and swept them; the swamp-water was lifted, and gluts of it slapped in Flor's face.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865


  • The grub that does not eat its fill remains small, while the one that gluts itself grows fat.

  • Then, there was the theory of general "gluts," and of what is still denounced as over-production.

  • Cheapness caused by gluts of the market is merely a disease of clumsy and wanton commerce.

  • With fruit in gluts, and dropping fast, the kiln was supplemented by scaffolds.

British Dictionary definitions for gluts


  1. an excessive amount, as in the production of a crop, often leading to a fall in price
  2. the act of glutting or state of being glutted
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verb gluts, glutting or glutted (tr)
  1. to feed or supply beyond capacity
  2. to supply (a market) with a commodity in excess of the demand for it
  3. to cram full or choke upto glut a passage
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Derived Formsgluttingly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: probably from Old French gloutir, from Latin gluttīre; see glutton 1
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Word Origin and History for gluts



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

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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.

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gluts in Culture


An oversupply of goods on the market.

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