Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To feed or supply to excess, satiety, or disgust.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To overindulge.
  • n. Overindulgence in food or drink.
  • n. The result of such overindulgence; satiety or disgust.
  • n. An excessive amount.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An excessive amount of something.
  • n. Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating.
  • n. A sickness or condition caused by overindulgence.
  • v. To fill to excess.
  • v. To feed someone to excess.
  • v. To overeat or feed to excess.
  • v. To sicken from overindulgence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excess in eating and drinking.
  • n. Fullness and oppression of the system, occasioned often by excessive eating and drinking.
  • n. Disgust caused by excess; satiety.
  • intransitive v. To load the stomach with food, so that sickness or uneasiness ensues; to eat to excess.
  • intransitive v. To indulge to satiety in any gratification.
  • transitive v. To feed so as to oppress the stomach and derange the function of the system; to overfeed, and produce satiety, sickness, or uneasiness; -- often reflexive.
  • transitive v. To fill to satiety and disgust; to cloy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Excess; specifically (and now usually), excess in eating and drinking; a gluttonous meal by which the stomach is overloaded and the digestion deranged.
  • n. Fullness and oppression of the system, occasioned by excessive eating and drinking.
  • n. Disgust caused by excess; satiety; nausea.
  • n. Synonyms Repletion, plethora. See the verb.
  • To feed so as to oppress the stomach and derange the digestive functions; overfeed so as to produce sickness or uneasiness; overload the stomach of.
  • To fill to satiety and disgust; cloy; nauseate: as, to surfeit one with eulogies.
  • Synonyms Satiate, etc. (see satisfy); glut, gorge.
  • To be fed till the system is oppressed, and sickness or uneasiness ensues.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being more than full
  • n. the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
  • n. eating until excessively full
  • v. indulge (one's appetite) to satiety
  • v. supply or feed to surfeit

Etymologies

Middle English surfeten, from surfait, excess, from Old French, from past participle of surfaire, to overdo : sur-, sur- + faire, to do (from Latin facere; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French surfaire ("to augment, exaggerate, exceed"), from sur- + faire ("to do"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Apres Chremslech I trust you are not suffering from 'Pharoah's Revenge' otherwise known as a surfeit of Matzot.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • For Augustine says (Confess. ii, 6) that "lust affects to be called surfeit and abundance."

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • The Monastic Impulse is based on world-weariness, with disappointed love, or sex surfeit, which is a phase of the same thing, as a basis.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 10 Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers

  • A peculiar eruption, termed surfeit, which resembles mange, is sometimes the consequence of exposure to cold after a hot sultry day.

    The Dog

  • This disease is perhaps generally left after a slight inflammation of the stomach, called a surfeit, occasioned by drinking cold liquors, or eating cold vegetables, when heated with exercise.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • But the surfeit is a far cry from earlier in 2010, when the network scrambled to fill five hours of primetime programming after canceling Leno's primetime show.

    Variety.com

  • Tough call, but I probably like his "Many Moons" even a little better, both because it includes the word "surfeit" (the Princess falls ill from a surfeit of blueberry tarts) and because it covers astrophysics (all the King's royal advisers tell him it's impossible to have the moon on a chain because it's way too big, but the Jester figures out a way).

    Here Be Post-Modern Muppets

  • They were explained in two ways: at the time of a fresh injection, the toxin was added to the amount already absorbed by the body, and thus had a heightened effect (Koch, Richet); or else certain subjects were occasionally and paradoxically hypersensitive, and this, as it were, by a kind of surfeit caused by repeated doses of the toxin (Behring).

    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1913 - Presentation Speech

  • "To relieve this surfeit, which is the worst of monotonies, eagerly would the prince have joined the revolting troops, detachments of which he could perceive from the walls of the Kutub hastening along the sun-scorched highway to Delhi.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire

  • "surfeit", and this point was settled by seeing the water poured in at its nostrils running out at its mouth.

    The Boy Slaves

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  • Never took any pictures, jenn. This was way long ago. I wish I had, though.

    When the skunks were mature, he took them to a remote location and let them go. That's the last I heard of them.

    November 16, 2007

  • Did we nominate pronk for woty07?

    edit: Glad to see that somebody was already on it. :)

    November 16, 2007

  • Skunk has to be one of the best words ever. Like pronk.

    November 16, 2007

  • Yes, I've heard they're pretty good pets.

    November 16, 2007

  • Awwww. Do you have pictures that you could post? What happened to them once they grew up?

    November 16, 2007

  • Well, more than one skunk would certainly be enough.

    Actually, a friend of mine in North Carolina once rescued several skunk kits when their mother became roadkill near his house. They were absolutely charming. They followed him around the house and the yard, they loved to play, they'd sit in your lap, and they never acted aggressively toward visitors.

    And no, they were never de-skunked.

    November 16, 2007

  • Hahahahahahah!!! Is this one for real?

    November 16, 2007

  • A group of skunks

    November 16, 2007