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[gluht] /glʌt/
verb (used with object), glutted, glutting.
to feed or fill to satiety; sate:
to glut the appetite.
to feed or fill to excess; cloy.
to flood (the market) with a particular item or service so that the supply greatly exceeds the demand.
to choke up:
to glut a channel.
verb (used without object), glutted, glutting.
to eat to satiety or to excess.
a full supply.
an excessive supply or amount; surfeit.
an act of glutting or the state of being glutted.
Origin of glut
1275-1325; Middle English gluten, back formation from glutun glutton1
Related forms
gluttingly, adverb
overglut, verb (used with object), overglutted, overglutting.
unglutted, adjective
1. surfeit, stuff, satiate. 5. gorge, cram. 7. surplus, excess, superabundance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glutted
  • Or because the marketplace had become suddenly glutted with masterpieces.
  • Not only had the parasites glutted his bloodstream, but he also was taking friendly fire from his own immune system.
  • The magazine market got glutted, for example, and advertisers shifted some dollars away from science coverage.
  • Construction is at a standstill because our cities are glutted with unrentable office space.
  • As soon as one city is glutted, developers move on to the next.
  • But also to ensure that the labor market was not glutted with low-skilled workers that would shoot unemployment sky-high.
  • The market is glutted with overqualified applicants, so it often comes down to salesmanship.
  • If you have a master's degree in a field that is not glutted and can demonstrate teaching potential, you may be hired.
  • Used cars cost one-third less than last year, the market glutted by a flash-flood of imports.
  • New energy is being pampered while old energy faces a desperate fight for contracts in a glutted market.
British Dictionary definitions for glutted


an excessive amount, as in the production of a crop, often leading to a fall in price
the act of glutting or state of being glutted
verb (transitive) gluts, glutting, glutted
to feed or supply beyond capacity
to supply (a market) with a commodity in excess of the demand for it
to cram full or choke up: to glut a passage
Derived Forms
gluttingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old French gloutir, from Latin gluttīre; see glutton1
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Word Origin and History for glutted



early 14c., "to swallow too much; to feed to repletion," probably from Old French gloter "to swallow, gulp down," from Latin gluttire "swallow, gulp down," from PIE root *gwele- "to swallow" (cf. Russian glot "draught, gulp"). Related: Glutted; glutting.


1530s, "a gulp," from glut (v.). Meaning "condition of being full or sated" is 1570s; mercantile sense is first recorded 1590s.

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glutted in Culture

glut definition

An oversupply of goods on the market.

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