Definition of superfluous in English:



  • Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.

    ‘the purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information’
    • ‘It's tasteless and superfluous, but not clichéd.’
    • ‘Unnecessary, superfluous comments waste time and try the patience of participants.’
    • ‘Even so, the game is a noteworthy hybrid of multiple genres that somehow solidly come together to create a superfluous and entertaining experience.’
    • ‘Although he claims that ‘indirect assassination’ is not in his nature, this is exactly how he disposes of his superfluous first wife.’
    • ‘A couple of video segments are superfluous and dreadfully produced.’
    • ‘Everything seems to fit together perfectly, and one doesn't catch any extra or superfluous notes.’
    • ‘All the stories are simply constructed, no superfluous words, no extra images to clutter the feeling.’
    • ‘No space is wasted on hallways or superfluous storage; each room leads logically to the next.’
    • ‘And they aren't just superfluous instruments, they make the music what it is.’
    • ‘Why do we have superfluous, but potentially deadly vestiges like the appendix or wisdom teeth?’
    • ‘He may have been wrong in some of his literary judgments and ignorant in some areas of literature but he was good at getting rid of what was superfluous or phoney in a piece of writing.’
    • ‘The use of weapons which cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering is similarly prohibited.’
    • ‘Somehow, the art rests in a balance of perfect tension - every element a gimmick but no element superfluous.’
    • ‘But every song is compelling: not a word wasted, not one bout of frenetic strumming superfluous.’
    • ‘That is not because the principle of museums selling off unwanted or superfluous objects from their collection is being questioned.’
    • ‘Z was always thought to be a superfluous, unnecessary letter.’
    • ‘The two dialogue sequences here are superfluous to say the least, as are the sound effects tagged at the end.’
    • ‘Other times, he prioritizes superfluous aspects of the narrative or the set design to take over and slow his storyline down to a virtual halt.’
    • ‘The word ‘smart’ in the title is probably superfluous but maybe it's helped them sell a few extra copies.’
    • ‘Surely half the appeal is that absolutely everything in the film is completely superfluous - you could take out anything you wanted and it would still work just as well.’
    surplus, redundant, unneeded, not required, excess, extra, spare, to spare, remaining, unused, left over
    unnecessary, needless, unneeded, inessential, pointless, redundant, uncalled for, unwarranted, unjustified, gratuitous
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Late Middle English: from Latin superfluus, from super- over + fluere to flow.