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

Definition of outsize

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: 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 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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an outsize cat who weighs 25 pounds she likes to make dramatic appearances wearing her trademark outsize sunglasses

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In chronicling Fretland’s lasting influence on his students, Divine reminded us of the outsize impact a caring teacher can have on an individual. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Casting blame for national debt? Let’s take a closer look," 28 July 2019 An outsize pergola provides diffuse light over the flagstone patio while the amazing terraced garden beds feature drought-tolerant ornamental species along with a profusion of fruit trees and vegetable plantings. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Casual elegance infuses this modern Mediterranean," 1 July 2019 Chase Ink Business Preferred: The business version offers some outsize benefits for its $95 annual fee. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Credit Cards With Transferable Points," 26 June 2019 Spain alone accounts for a tenth of the zone’s GDP, but in recent years has contributed a fifth of growth and an outsize share of new jobs. The Economist, "Domestic demand has sparkled against the euro-gloom," 25 July 2019 Some lawmakers and Google’s competitors have expressed concern that the search giant can unfairly control ad pricing and other online activity because of its outsize market share. Greg Bensinger, Washington Post, "Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data," 23 July 2019 These outsize rodents, the world’s largest, might be a curiosity for visitors. NBC News, "Jaguar reintroduction plan in Argentina represents rare good news story for big cats," 21 July 2019 Others stressed that the outsize reaction is unwarranted since this is just a draft bill and may never even see the light of day. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "American billionaire calls Modi government “pathetic and corrupt” over its bitcoin stance," 18 July 2019 The Oregonian/OregonLive’s series Polluted by Money, published in February and March, explored the connections between Oregon’s outsize campaign donations and the state’s failure to enact a wide array of environmental protections. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon’s corporate-dominated campaign finance system gets Congress’ attention," 17 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce outsize (audio) \

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large

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