out·​size | \ˈau̇t-ˌsīz \

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 \
variants: or less commonly outsized \ˈau̇t-​ˌsīzd \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The sheer bulk of the technology companies give them outsize influence over the market — in both directions. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Tech stocks lead slump that erases November’s gain," 19 Nov. 2018 Some investors have long complained companies with multiple share classes grant a small handful of shareholders outsize voting power, leaving others with little say over corporate decisions. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "BlackRock, Calpers Want Exchanges to Clamp Down on Dual-Class Shares," 24 Oct. 2018 The brand’s remarkable success has resulted in an outsize effect on fashion trends more broadly. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "How Ganni Came to Dictate Everything You Want to Wear Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 With decisions made by a few Google cartographers, the identity of a city, town or neighborhood can be reshaped, illustrating the outsize influence that Silicon Valley increasingly has in the real world. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Voters snub house members looking to move up," 3 Aug. 2018 The commercial space industry is dominated by outsize ambition: Rutan, Branson, Allen, Bezos, Elon Musk. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Man Who Wants To Beat the Billionaires," 14 Oct. 2015 In some cases, a news event could have an outsize effect on one particular group of employees. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "How Salesforce Is Helping Employees Process Traumatic News Events," 29 June 2018 Volatility in China’s markets has also proved destabilizing to global markets in recent years because of the country’s outsize role in the global economy. Chelsey Dulaney, WSJ, "Chinese Yuan Rebounds," 12 July 2018 Lizzo, fresh off her tour with Haim, has now shared an intimate photo diary that showcases her over-the-top sense of style and similarly outsize personality. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lizzo Shares an Exclusive Tour Photo Diary and Recap Video—And They’re Totally OTT," 27 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of outsize

: very large in size


out·​size | \ˈau̇t-ˌsīz \

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large

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