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verb (used with or without object), o·ver·fed, o·ver·feed·ing.
  1. to feed or eat to excess.
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Origin of overfeed

First recorded in 1600–10; over- + feed
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Related Words for overfeed

swell, broaden, augment, satisfy, satiate, sate, glut, eat, stuff, pall, jade, cram, overindulge, gorge, cloy, fill, overfeed, feed, thicken, bloat

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Historical Examples of overfeed

  • We have to be careful not to overfeed the guests, and yet we must be sure that they have enough to eat.

    Pond and Stream

    Arthur Ransome

  • Why should I overdrink and overfeed myself and give my strength to follies?

    His Grace of Osmonde

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Blair shouted, "Lennard's a born hospital nurse, but he'll overfeed your patient."

  • The London public, he said, overfeed themselves with music; they cannot healthily digest the lengthy menu provided for them.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

  • Manure well; but remember that it is possible to overfeed the soil of a garden, so as to render it unproductive.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

Word Origin and History for overfeed


also over-feed, c.1600, from over- + feed (v.). Related: overfed; overfeeding.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

overfeed in Medicine


  1. To feed or eat too often or too much.
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