noun[usually in singular]
- 1An excessive amount of something: a surfeit of food and drinkMore example sentences
- As someone with a surfeit of embarrassing '80s hairstyle photo evidence I am all in favour of today's youth facing similar consequences.
- That's no mean boast, since there's a surfeit of super-featherweight talent around.
- There is nothing in the income tax legislation that precludes people from paying extra taxes as they want to, voluntarily, and I am sure Treasury would not be embarrassed by a surfeit of cheques.
- 1.1 • archaic An illness caused or regarded as being caused by excessive eating or drinking: he died of a surfeitMore example sentences
- In the current affluent West, where surfeit is a far more common phenomenon than famine, excess flesh and lack of bodily ‘fitness’ is interpreted as a sign of laxity, overindulgence and weak will.
verb (surfeits, surfeiting, surfeited)[with object] (usually be surfeited with) Back to top
Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin super- 'above, in excess' + facere 'do'.