founder noun To become ill from overeating.
Same as flounder.
1942 Chase Jack Tales 5 Well, Jack eat about all the dinner he could hold, but the King’s old woman kept on pilin’ up his plate till he was foundered. 1975 GSMNP-59:10 He’d get in the corn or something like that and eat too much and founder him, make him sick and possible kill him . . . A mule, you can’t founder them by eating. 1990 Fisher Preacher Stories 25 An animal such as a cow or hog or horse is said to be foundered if it eats too much. At times the term is applied humorously to human beings.
A few weeks ago Ethelene Dyer left this comment:
Did any of you ever get “foundered” at dinner on the Grounds? Tipper that’s a word for your Appalachian vocabulary test! I think instead of giving the definition, I will see who knows what “foundered” means!
Like me, several of you know what the word foundered means. It’s a word I’ve heard my entire life and still hear on a regular basis. If there’s ever a time of the year to founder yourself its during Thanksgiving and Christmas.