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out·​size ˈau̇t-ˌsīz How to pronounce outsize (audio)
: an unusual size
especially : a size larger than the standard
Nightgowns are generally made in three sizes—small, medium and outsize. Amy K. Smith


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out·​size ˈau̇t-ˌsīz How to pronounce outsize (audio)
variants or less commonly outsized
: unusually large or heavy
Physically he is outsize, standing six feet three and weighing 225 pounds …Neil M. Clark
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
But as long as Aramco is pumping oil, the financial and political clout that drives Saudi Arabia’s outsize ideas will be replenished far into the future. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Small businesses played an outsize role in the increase in job vacancies over the last three years, said Tuan Nguyen, U.S. economist at financial services firm RSM. J.j. McCorvey, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 The most enduring gift of their two-act performance may be that, perhaps for the first time, the leading characters are not the outsize coaching figures — Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley — but the players themselves. Billy Witz, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 The result is a functional if unspectacular film that makes no outsize effort to speak to cultural conversations around the movie. David Sims, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2024 Heavy-duty trucks have an outsize environmental footprint; larger industrial vehicles make up about 5% of the country's vehicle fleet, but 20% of transportation emissions. Camila Domonoske, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 The outsize photograph, which covers an entire wall, was a gift from an early customer, a printer who owned the shot of Istanbul. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 The change in the weather has had an outsize impact on the festivals, events and tourism that define the Great Lakes identity and produce the income of those living and working there. Whitney Wild, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 For the harm to nature category, 69% met the criteria for significant concern, with nitrogen deposition playing an outsize role. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1845, in the meaning defined above


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outsize was in 1812

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Cite this Entry

“Outsize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsize. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
out·​size ˈau̇t-ˌsīz How to pronounce outsize (audio)
: a size different and especially larger than the standard


2 of 2 adjective
variants also outsized
: unusually large or heavy
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