Definition of superfluous in US English:

superfluous

adjective

  • Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.

    ‘the purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information’
    • ‘All the stories are simply constructed, no superfluous words, no extra images to clutter the feeling.’
    • ‘Although he claims that ‘indirect assassination’ is not in his nature, this is exactly how he disposes of his superfluous first wife.’
    • ‘It's tasteless and superfluous, but not clichéd.’
    • ‘Unnecessary, superfluous comments waste time and try the patience of participants.’
    • ‘And they aren't just superfluous instruments, they make the music what it is.’
    • ‘Somehow, the art rests in a balance of perfect tension - every element a gimmick but no element superfluous.’
    • ‘The use of weapons which cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering is similarly prohibited.’
    • ‘That is not because the principle of museums selling off unwanted or superfluous objects from their collection is being questioned.’
    • ‘No space is wasted on hallways or superfluous storage; each room leads logically to the next.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Z was always thought to be a superfluous, unnecessary letter.’
    • ‘A couple of video segments are superfluous and dreadfully produced.’
    • ‘The word ‘smart’ in the title is probably superfluous but maybe it's helped them sell a few extra copies.’
    • ‘Everything seems to fit together perfectly, and one doesn't catch any extra or superfluous notes.’
    • ‘Even so, the game is a noteworthy hybrid of multiple genres that somehow solidly come together to create a superfluous and entertaining experience.’
    • ‘Why do we have superfluous, but potentially deadly vestiges like the appendix or wisdom teeth?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two dialogue sequences here are superfluous to say the least, as are the sound effects tagged at the end.’
    • ‘But every song is compelling: not a word wasted, not one bout of frenetic strumming superfluous.’
    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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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin superfluus, from super- ‘over’ + fluere ‘to flow’.

Pronunciation

superfluous

/so͞oˈpərflo͞oəs//suˈpərfluəs/