June 03, 2013
glut (noun)
\GLUT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: too much of something
How do you use it?
I had fallen behind in school, so with exams coming up, I had a glut of reading to do.
Are you a word wiz?

"Glut" has a few cousins in English, but only a couple that are commonly used. Which word is related to "glut"?

If you chose A from among the glut of answers, you're right! "Glutton" and "glut" both come ultimately from the Latin verb "gluttire," which means "to gorge or overeat." In fact, there is an English verb "glut" (also from "gluttire") which means "to gorge or overeat," and English-speakers got the idea for the noun "glut" from the verb "glut." The noun "glutton" and the related "gluttony"—meaning "the act or habit of eating or drinking too much"—came into English first in the 13th century; then the verb "glut" arrived in the 14th century; and finally, our Buzzword, the noun "glut," showed up in the mid-16th century. The noun "glut" is usually singular: "a glut of" something, instead of "gluts of" something.
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