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


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

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Standing 5 feet 1 in two-inch-high platform sandals, Comer projects an outsize presence. Quanta Magazine, "The Art of Teaching Math and Science," 16 June 2019 The richest Americans have prospered, enjoying outsize income gains, but the country's poor and near-poor haven't shared in those gains. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The federal minimum wage sets a record -- for not rising," 14 June 2019 Because of the president’s outsize ability to start wars, move stock markets or influence other world events, Twitter should instead review leaders’ tweets before they are sent out and block them if necessary, Grygiel said. Barbara Ortutay, Twin Cities, "Politicians’ tweets could get slapped with warning labels," 27 June 2019 But some real estate brokers can find its outsize influence grating. oregonlive.com, "Zillow now ‘sees’ fancy countertops or hardwood floors — and adjusts its price estimates accordingly," 27 June 2019 Their rhetoric threatened to derail support for the bill, particularly among members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus - two groups with outsize influence. Author: Mike Debonis, Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "House Democrats pass border bill, setting up tense negotiation over migrants," 26 June 2019 Its outsize attention to making factories more efficient and reducing corporate head count may have failed at keeping its brands relevant and instead led to a permanent loss of consumers, according to analysts. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "Key Brands Pay Price of Kraft Heinz Cost-Cutting," 22 Feb. 2019 The campaign said that was a product of 800,000 small donations, reflecting the outsize attention and enthusiasm surrounding his bid. Asher Stockler, Vox, "Texas independents break with tradition and go for Beto in a new poll," 28 Oct. 2018 In one of the biggest cases of its kind ever brought against an American health care professional, William Husel was accused of ordering outsize doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Kantele Franko, Anchorage Daily News, "Ohio doctor accused of murder in 25 patient overdose deaths," 6 June 2019

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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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The first known use of outsize was in 1812

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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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