[ sur-fit ]
/ ˈsɜr fɪt /


verb (used with object)

to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.
to supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. surfbird,
  2. surfboard,
  3. surfboarding,
  4. surfboat,
  5. surfcasting,
  6. surfer,
  7. surfer's knobs,
  8. surfer's knot,
  9. surffish,
  10. surficial

Origin of surfeit

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English sorfete, surfait < Middle French surfait, surfet (noun use of past participle of surfaire to overdo), equivalent to sur- sur-1 + fait < Latin factus, past participle of facere to do (see fact); (v.) sorfeten, derivative of the noun

Related formsun·sur·feit·ed, adjectiveun·sur·feit·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for surfeit


/ (ˈsɜːfɪt) /


(usually foll by of) an excessive or immoderate amount
overindulgence, esp in eating or drinking
disgust, nausea, etc, caused by such overindulgence


(tr) to supply or feed excessively; satiate
(intr) archaic to eat, drink, or be supplied to excess
(intr) obsolete to feel uncomfortable as a consequence of overindulgence
Derived Formssurfeiter, noun

Word Origin for surfeit

C13: from French surfait, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- 1 + faire, from Latin facere to do

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