out·​size | \ ˈau̇t-ˌsīz How to pronounce outsize (audio) \

Definition of outsize

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: an unusual size especially : a size larger than the standard Nightgowns are generally made in three sizes—small, medium and outsize. — Amy K. Smith


out·​size | \ ˈau̇t-ˌsīz How to pronounce outsize (audio) \
variants: or less commonly outsized \ ˈau̇t-​ˌsīzd How to pronounce outsized (audio) \

Definition of outsize (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : unusually large or heavy Physically he is outsize, standing six feet three and weighing 225 pounds …— Neil M. Clark
2 : exaggerated or extravagant in size or degree … they loved Mayweather for his outsize persona and the reminder it carries of the sport's past glories.— Carlo Rotella He was wearing a huge fur hat, a purple jacket with outsize shoulders, and two pairs of spectacles, in tiers, emphasizing the narrow length of his face.— Anthony Haden-Guest

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Examples of outsize in a Sentence

Adjective an outsize cat who weighs 25 pounds she likes to make dramatic appearances wearing her trademark outsize sunglasses
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Roche Holding AG’s production of coronavirus tests is falling behind in meeting the outsize global demand for them. Fortune, "Roche says demand for COVID-19 tests exceeds production," 27 June 2020 And clouds can have an outsize effect on the Earth‘s warming response. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Clouds May Be the Key to a Climate Modeling Mystery," 25 June 2020 The cause of his safe return had taken on outsize proportions. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "Her dog went missing in the middle of the pandemic — and a neighborhood of strangers found a mission," 23 June 2020 The herbivorous dinosaurs weigh hundreds of tons and migrate in earth-flattening herds; the carnosaurs that prey on them are outsize to match. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Dinosaurs, Teens and Office Politics," 19 June 2020 In Arizona, a key presidential battleground state and one with outsize interest in immigration and border security issues, the ruling, and interest in the makeup of the court itself, could stir more energy on both ends of the political spectrum. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "How the Supreme Court's DACA ruling could affect races for president, Congress in Arizona," 18 June 2020 An outsize drop in continuing claims Thursday could fuel hopes for further strong job gains in June. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Layoffs: About 1.3M more workers likely filed jobless claims even while states reopen economies," 18 June 2020 The sack of Rome by Alaric and his Goths has exerted an outsize influence on the Western imagination. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Sacked Rome," 9 June 2020 The science shows that large gatherings of any kind — funerals, church gatherings, conferences, festive events like Mardi Gras — have played an outsize role in fueling the spread of the disease. Los Angeles Times, "Get tested for coronavirus if you’ve been to a protest, health officials urge," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of outsize


1845, in the meaning defined above


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outsize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsize. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outsize

: very large in size


out·​size | \ ˈau̇t-ˌsīz How to pronounce outsize (audio) \

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large

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