1. exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

2. unnecessary, especially through being more than enough

3. more than required

Parts of Speech (POS)


Superfluous comes from the Latin adjective superfluus, meaning literally “running over” or “overflowing.” Superfluus, in turn, derives from the combination of the prefix super- (meaning “over” or “more”) and fluere, “to flow.”

– Merriam-Webster

I’ll use it in a sentence:

● Because the Bible is a useful and practical guide, on how all humans should live, reading it daily, is never superfluous.

● Fred’s superfluous text messages, were impolite and condescending.

● It’s superfluous to bake another dish, because; I’ve already prepared more than enough food, for dinner.

● Because Tina already owns over fifty, black, designer handbags, purchasing another black handbag would be superfluous. 

Next, on a sheet of paper or in the comment section below, write a few sentences, using the word: superfluous.

Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word, by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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