Word of the Day: Glut


glut / glŭt


1. an excessively abundant supply of something

We have more information – a glut of information – than ever before, and perhaps less knowledge.

Errol Morris, 1948 –

2. the act of or state of filling to excess or oversupplying

Economists may not know how to run the economy, but they know how to create shortages or gluts simply by regulating prices below the market, or artificially supporting them from above.

Milton Friedman, 1912 – 2006


1. to fill or supply to excess; to provide with more than enough; to sate

Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.

Anne Bradstreet, 1612 – 1672

2. to supply (a market) in excess of demand for a product

The dumping of so much produce at New Orleans at the same time glutted the market and depressed wholesale prices.

“Founders and Frontiersmen”, ‘National Park Service’, www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/founders/intro15.htm, accessed April 2, 2024

3. to consume more than enough, particularly of food; to indulge excessively

The grub that does not eat its fill remains small, while the one that gluts itself grows fat.

From “The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles” by Jean Henri-Fabre, 1823 – 1915

4. to clog; to fill too full; to block

All railroads into Asia were glutted with troop trains.

From “The Strength of the Strong” by Jack London, 1876 – 1916