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 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The ultra-Orthodox parties have long used their outsize political power to secure generous budgets for their religious institutions and exemptions from compulsory military service. Time, 3 June 2021 Nigerian Twitter users have played an outsize role in trying to hold their government to account. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 The case against Masterson, Rinder added, is also unusual for the outsize role the inner workings and rules of Scientology played at the preliminary hearing — a likely preview of what is to come if the case goes to trial. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 The case against Masterson, Rinder added, is also unusual for the outsize role the inner workings and rules of Scientology played at the preliminary hearing — a likely preview of what is to come if the case goes to trial. al, 27 May 2021 The Lena Dunham x 11 Honoré partnership sheds light on the outsize role that privilege plays in how ideas are conceived and ultimately produced in the plus-size field. Cheyenne M. Davis, refinery29.com, 25 May 2021 For retailing, artificial intelligence and machine learning are playing an outsize role as more shopping shifts online. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 16 May 2021 The issues run deeper, though: Costs of ingredients are up, availability of seemingly everything is down, no-shows and last-minute cancellations play an outsize role, and entire business models are being rethought. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, 13 May 2021 The pandemic’s effect plays an outsize role in this year’s letters. NBC News, 5 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsize. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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