stuffed or filled to excess.
Furniture. having the entire frame covered by stuffing and upholstery, so that only decorative woodwork or the like is exposed: an overstuffed sofa.
filled with tedious or extraneous material; overlong: an overstuffed biography.
obese; corpulent: an overstuffed man who was a compulsive eater.

Origin of overstuffed

First recorded in 1920–25; overstuff + -ed2



verb (used with object)

to force too much into: If you overstuff your suitcase, the fastenings may not hold.
Furniture. to cover completely with deep upholstery.

Origin of overstuff

First recorded in 1935–40; over- + stuff
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Examples from the Web for over-stuffed

Historical Examples of over-stuffed

  • The over-stuffed furniture of the four-room apartment was sold.


    Edna Ferber

  • Lo, Finny, said she, have a seat on the over-stuffed furniture.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • Three doors away, the old queen lay on the heap of over-stuffed mattresses, nestled in the center of an immense four-poster bed.

    Captives of the Flame

    Samuel R. Delany

  • There was a scurrying aboard ship for couches and over-stuffed chairs.

    Hunters Out of Space

    Joseph Everidge Kelleam

British Dictionary definitions for over-stuffed


verb (tr)

to force too much into
to cover (furniture) entirely with upholstery
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Word Origin and History for over-stuffed

also overstuffed, of furniture, "completely covered with a thick layer of stuffing," 1883, from over- + past participle of stuff (v.).

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