- excess; an excessive amount: a surfeit of speechmaking.
- excess or overindulgence in eating or drinking.
- an uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due to excessive eating or drinking.
- general disgust caused by excess or satiety.
- to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink.
- to supply with anything to excess or satiety; satiate.
- to eat or drink to excess.
- to suffer from the effects of overindulgence in eating or drinking.
- to indulge to excess in anything.
Origin of surfeit
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Related Wordsprofusion, glut, plethora, saturation, surplus, overabundance, plenitude, superabundance, overmuch, overindulgence, satisfaction, superfluity, repletion, satiety, overflow, remainder, bellyful, overplus, overkill, satisfy
Examples from the Web for surfeiting
I am the same as when you knew me, almost to a surfeiting identity.Mary Lamb
Anne Burrows Gilchrist
But the idle, starving slave is a danger to the idle, surfeiting master.Communism and Christianism
William Montgomery Brown
“Not in surfeiting and wantonness, not in causality and uncleanness,” with what follows.Adventures among Books
You know the admonitions of Scripture,—Take heed lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford
And betimes eating cheese and crackers, and drinking beer, and surfeiting the air with the delicious fumes of his strong pipe.Edith and John
Franklin S. Farquhar
- (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
C13: from French surfait, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- 1 + faire, from Latin facere to do
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Word Origin and History for surfeiting
late 14c., from surfeit (n.). Related: Surfeited; surfeiting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper