Superfluous definition

so͝o-pûrflo͝o-əs
Being beyond what is required or sufficient.
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Being more than is needed, useful, or wanted; surplus; excessive.
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The definition of superfluous is something that is more than needed or unnecessary.

An example of superfluous is a buying a stuffed animal for a child who already has too many stuffed animals.

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Not needed; unnecessary; irrelevant.

A superfluous remark.

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In excess of what is required or sufficient.

With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous.

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(obs.) Extravagant; prodigal.
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Origin of superfluous

  • 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

  • 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