Superfluous Definition

Being more than is needed, useful, or wanted; surplus; excessive.
Webster's New World
Being beyond what is required or sufficient.
American Heritage
Not needed; unnecessary; irrelevant.
A superfluous remark.
Webster's New World
Extravagant; prodigal.
Webster's New World

Origin of Superfluous

  • From Latin superfluus (“superfluous"), from superfluō (“overflow"), from super (“above,more than, over") + fluō (“flow"). Compare mellifluous and fluid, also from Latin. Literally corresponds to overflow, which is from Germanic, rather than Latin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French superflueux from Latin superfluus from superfluere to overflow super- super- fluere to flow bhleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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