Superfluous vs Glut - What's the difference?

superfluous | glut |

As an adjective superfluous

is in excess of what is required or sufficient.

As a noun glut is

heat, glow.




  • In excess of what is required or sufficient.
  • With a full rain suit, carrying an umbrella may be superfluous .


    * excessive, extraneous, extra, pleonastic, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant

    Coordinate terms

    * gratuitous




    (en noun)
  • an excess, too much
  • a glut of the market
  • * Macaulay
  • A glut of those talents which raise men to eminence.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • That which is swallowed.
  • (Milton)
  • Something that fills up an opening; a clog.
  • A wooden wedge used in splitting blocks.
  • (mining) A piece of wood used to fill up behind cribbing or tubbing.
  • (Raymond)
  • (bricklaying) A bat, or small piece of brick, used to fill out a course.
  • (Knight)
  • (architecture) An arched opening to the ashpit of a kiln.
  • A block used for a fulcrum.
  • The broad-nosed eel (Anguilla latirostris ), found in Europe, Asia, the West Indies, etc.
  • (Webster 1913)


    * excess, overabundance, plethora, slew, surfeit, surplus


    * lack * shortage


  • To fill to capacity, to satisfy all requirement or demand, to sate.
  • to glut one's appetite
  • * Charles Kingsley
  • The realms of nature and of art were ransacked to glut the wonder, lust, and ferocity of a degraded populace.
  • To eat gluttonously or to satiety.
  • * Tennyson
  • Like three horses that have broken fence, / And glutted all night long breast-deep in corn.