[ soo-per-an-yoo-ey-tid ]
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  1. retired because of age or infirmity.

  2. too old for use, work, service, or a position.

  1. antiquated or obsolete: superannuated ideas.

Origin of superannuated

1625–35; alteration (with -u- of annual) of Medieval Latin superannātus over a year old (said of cattle), equivalent to super ann(um) beyond a year + -ātus-ate1; see -ed2

Words Nearby superannuated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use superannuated in a sentence

  • I never see such a flow of language as that bit where he called old Gommy a superannuated Pharisee.

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • Some corn and potatoes are also raised by the women and the old and superannuated men of the band.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • He was an old-fashioned Methodist preacher already superannuated, and he has long since gone to his reward.

    Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
  • Gano knew whither one of these superannuated revellers of twenty-five or so had retired.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • Lady Leroy, who dearly loved gossip, was chattering like a superannuated magpie to Val and Charley.

    A Changed Heart | May Agnes Fleming

British Dictionary definitions for superannuated


/ (ˌsuːpərˈænjʊˌeɪtɪd) /

  1. discharged, esp with a pension, owing to age or illness

  2. too old to serve usefully

  1. obsolete

Origin of superannuated

C17: from Medieval Latin superannātus aged more than one year, from Latin super- + annus a year

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