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.

Nearby words

  1. overstrong,
  2. overstructured,
  3. overstrung,
  4. overstudy,
  5. overstuff,
  6. oversubscribe,
  7. oversubscribed,
  8. oversupply,
  9. overswing,
  10. overt

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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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper