an excessive amount or abundance; surfeit: an overabundance of sugar in the diet.

Origin of overabundance

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, abundance
Related formso·ver·a·bun·dant, adjectiveo·ver·a·bun·dant·ly, adverb

Synonyms for overabundance

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Examples from the Web for over-abundant

Historical Examples of over-abundant

  • Simultaneously, we began to have a series of over-abundant crops.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • We had now an over-abundant supply of meat; the difficulty was to carry it.

    Twice Lost

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The food is plain, and perhaps not over-abundant, but they are satisfied with it.

  • Our supplies are not over-abundant; but they are suffering from the direst famine.

    Lord Montagu's Page

    G. P. R. James

  • She came to see me because her love for you is over-abundant.

British Dictionary definitions for over-abundant



a supply or amount that is greater than requiredan overabundance of milk
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Word Origin and History for over-abundant

c.1400, from over- + abundant.

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