AskDefine | Define surcharge

Dictionary Definition

surcharge n : an additional charge (as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill)


1 charge an extra fee, as for a special service
2 rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak, gazump, fleece, plume, pluck, rob, hook] [ant: undercharge]
3 fill to capacity with people; "The air raids had surcharged the emergency wards"
4 print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote
5 fill to an excessive degree; "The air was surcharged with tension"
6 place too much a load on; "don't overload the car" [syn: overload, overcharge]
7 show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given

User Contributed Dictionary




  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. An excessive price charged e.g. from an unsuspecting customer.
  3. An overprint on a stamp that alters (usually raises) the original nominal value of the stamp; used especially in times of hyperinflation.
  4. A charge that has been omitted from an account as payment of a credit to the charged party.
  5. A penalty for failure to exercise common prudence and skill in the performance of a fiduciary's duties.


addition of extra charge
  • Finnish: lisämaksu
excessive price
  • Finnish: ylihinta
  • Finnish: lisäpainama
law: charge omitted from an account as payment
law: penalty for failure to exercise common prudence as fiduciary
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See also


  1. To apply a surcharge.



to apply a surcharge

Extensive Definition

A surcharge may mean:
  • an extra fee added onto another fee or charge
  • an overprint that affects the value of a postage stamp
  • a surcharge (sanction) against a public servant who has abused public funds
  • any loading from above the soil line upon earth being supported by a retaining wall
surcharge in French: Surcharge (homonymie)
surcharge in Japanese: サーチャージ

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