verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- surfer's knobs,
- surfer's knot,
Origin of surfeit
Examples from the Web for surfeit
There are no wrenching epiphanies, just mild embarrassments and a surfeit of confusion.Paul Auster, Bernhard Schlink, and More of This Week’s Hot Reads: Aug. 13, 2012|Mythili Rao|August 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The culture wars have presented us with a surfeit of either/ors.
I had felt so sure that some months of honeymoon would prove a surfeit and restore you to reason.Letters of Two Brides|Honore de Balzac
Many died a few days after they arrived, from exhaustion or from the surfeit of food after long hunger.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
Occasionally such a surfeit cost her the confinement of a whole week.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders|William A. Alcott
To-day people complain of a surfeit: but it is not for readers to complain; the remedy is easy; nothing forces them to read.Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary|Voltaire
It was here the Duc de Vendme died from a surfeit of fish, of which he was passionately fond.Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood
Word Origin for surfeit
early 14c., "excess quantity;" late 14c., "overindulgence," from Old French surfet "excess," noun use of past participle of surfaire "overdo," from sur- "over" (see sur-) + faire "do," from Latin facere "to make" (see factitious).
late 14c., from surfeit (n.). Related: Surfeited; surfeiting.