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From Middle French surcharge, from Old French. Surface etymology is sur- +‎ charge. Doublet of supercharge.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsɜː(ɹ)t͡ʃɑː(ɹ)d͡ʒ/
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surcharge (plural surcharges)

  1. An addition of extra charge on the agreed or stated price.
    Our airline tickets cost twenty dollars more than we expected because we had to pay a fuel surcharge.
  2. The part of the price of a subsidized good or service that is not covered by the subsidy and so must be paid by the consumer.
  3. An excessive price charged e.g. to an unsuspecting customer.
  4. (philately) An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.
  5. (art) A painting in lighter enamel over a darker one that serves as the ground.
  6. (law) A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party[1]
  7. (law) A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary's duties.
  8. (obsolete) An excessive load or burden.
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Nobility. XIIII.”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, →OCLC, page 73:
      A Numerous Nobility, cauſet Pouerty, and Inconuenience in a State: For it is a Surcharge of Expence;
  9. (law, obsolete) The putting, by a commoner, of more animals on the common than he is entitled to.


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surcharge (third-person singular simple present surcharges, present participle surcharging, simple past and past participle surcharged)

  1. To apply a surcharge.
  2. To overload; to overburden.
    to surcharge an animal or a ship; to surcharge a cannon
  3. (law) To overstock; especially, to put more cattle into (e.g. a common) than one has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain.
  4. To show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given.
    • 1599, Samuel Daniel, Musophilus:
      The Idle multitude surcharge their laies


Related terms[edit]



  1. ^ 1859, Alexander Mansfield, Law Dictionary



Etymology 1[edit]

From sur- +‎ charge.


surcharge f (plural surcharges)

  1. overloading
  2. (object-oriented programming) overloading

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. inflection of surcharger:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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