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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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 That meant outsize per-pupil allocations at several private schools and religious institutions with as few as 50 students while some public community colleges received as little as $500 a student. New York Times, "DeVos Funnels Coronavirus Relief Funds to Favored Private and Religious Schools," 15 May 2020 So far, top executives of many major U.S. corporations — including some at the very epicenter of the crisis — have mostly held on to their outsize pay packages after giving up some of their salaries. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "CEO pay at Tenet Healthcare, Kroger, other firms come under microscope as companies cut costs," 15 May 2020 The overcompensated and outsize financial sector presents many other first-order policy challenges, such as the urgent need to rein in hedge and private-equity funds that often monetize the effective destruction of major corporations. Dean Baker, The New Republic, "Building an Economy That Works Again," 14 May 2020 An Associated Press analysis published last week found that based on the number of positive tests for the coronavirus, states with smaller populations — and not those considered the epicenters of the pandemic — received an outsize portion of aid. Emily Cochrane, BostonGlobe.com, "More aid to states? That may depend on their political hue," 12 May 2020 The first neighborhood-level glimpse of the COVID-19 death toll in Los Angeles County showed the poorer areas are seeing an outsize number of fatalities. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, "Latinos test positive for coronavirus at overwhelming levels in San Francisco survey," 6 May 2020 Aaron Brown, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Metropolitan State University of Denver, is using an outsize 3-D printer to make 50 attachments a week. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Snorkeling Mask Apparatus Might Help COVID-19 Patients Avoid Intubation," 22 Apr. 2020 An outsize number of the deaths are concentrated in neighboring Marion and Yamhill counties. oregonlive, "Oregon coronavirus deaths: 44 have died. Here’s what we know about them," 9 Apr. 2020 Brands of the world — have an outsize influence in drafting legislation. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Local chefs, restaurateurs beg government to help their devastated industry amid pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020

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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 25 May. 2020.

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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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