Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, 14th century
An overabundant or excessive amount of something
Eat or drink to excess
Examples of Surfeit in a sentence
"The wedding, with buffet tables piled high with a surfeit of delicacies, would be talked about in the family for years."
"He was on a strict diet, only giving into surfeit on his one cheat day of the month."
Popularity Over Time
While a recent Thanksgiving morning tradition is to run a 5k “Turkey Trot,” there won’t be any jogging after you eat a surfeit at dinner. This noun means an overindulgence. If anything, you’ll succumb to the tryptophan in turkey and conk out on the couch.
Did you Know?
In the definitions given here, surfeit is a noun, applied to amounts of excess. The word can also be used as a verb, describing the action of eating or drinking to the point of overindulgence. Used either way, you’re not going hungry.