out·size | \ˈau̇t-ˌsīz \

Definition of outsize 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 \
variants: or less commonly outsized \ˈau̇t-ˌsīzd \

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


an outsize cat who weighs 25 pounds she likes to make dramatic appearances wearing her trademark outsize sunglasses

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Volatility in China’s markets has also proved destabilizing to global markets in recent years because of the country’s outsize role in the global economy. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Chinese Yuan Rebounds," 12 July 2018 Lizzo, fresh off her tour with Haim, has now shared an intimate photo diary that showcases her over-the-top sense of style and similarly outsize personality. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lizzo Shares an Exclusive Tour Photo Diary and Recap Video—And They’re Totally OTT," 27 June 2018 Most assessors said all four contributed to their gains this year, although some counties reaped outsize gains from expanding companies. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Apple, Tesla, Salesforce add huge sums to soaring Bay Area property rolls," 11 July 2018 Many hedge funds dropped less than the overall market during the latest financial crisis and some even posted outsize gains by anticipating the collapse. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Hedge Funds Are Having a Volatile 2018," 9 July 2018 But the texture hooked me, as did the understanding at that young age that eggplant was a kind of sponge, able to soak up an outsize amount of flavor. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index moved up 6.6 percent from a year earlier, led by outsize gains in Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, "US home prices march upward in April as buyers fight over low supply," 26 June 2018 Meanwhile, the participation rate slipped 0.1 percentage point to 62.8 percent, erasing part of an outsize gain from February that had indicated workers were being pulled in from the sidelines, Labor Department figures showed Friday. Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg.com, "Tepid Wages, Participation Mute Celebration on U.S. Jobless Rate," 4 May 2018 But there are signs that this time, as in the mid-1990s, the poor may be able to continue to make outsize gains for a few more years before a recession hits. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "A return to the 1990s? Why outlook brightens for lower-wage workers.," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of outsize

: very large in size


out·size | \ˈau̇t-ˌsīz \

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large

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