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


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

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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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large


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