outsize

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

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

outsize

adjective
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

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From Bradbury to Burroughs, the planet has played an outsize role in modern mythology. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Understand How the Earth Formed, and How It Might Disappear, NASA Is Drilling on Mars," 21 Feb. 2019 Without the burden of outsize expectation, something clicks in that infamous second round and the Caps never look back. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Making Our Picks for the 2018 Stanley Cup Winner," 11 Apr. 2018 A bird named Munin — from Norse mythology, where ravens play an outsize role — once flew from the Tower down the Thames River toward the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich meridian line, where the day begins. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 But alcohol does play an outsize role in such assaults. German Lopez, Vox, "We need to talk about Brett Kavanaugh and alcohol," 27 Sep. 2018 While at the helm of Danaher Corp. from 2001 to fall 2015, Mr. Culp was known for big but not outsize pay packages, compensation analysts say. Theo Francis, WSJ, "GE Is Making a $300 Million Bet on Its New CEO," 5 Oct. 2018 But the best players in the world have an outsize impact on the way the rest think about the game, and one of them has become a modern flagbearer for Pelz’s argument. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Golf’s New Conundrum: Flagstick In or Out?," 24 Jan. 2019 Airbus later built their own cargo plane for outsize loads, the A300-600 ST Super Transporter, generally called Beluga, a design that's very similar to the Guppy. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 With a budget of only $20 million a year, the little agency had an outsize impact. Clive Thompson, WIRED, "Why Congress Needs to Revive Its Tech Support Team," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of outsize

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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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outsize

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of outsize

: very large in size

outsize

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

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large

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