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


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

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Set on Cape Cod's farthest bit of land, Provincetown, Massachusetts’s small-town look belies its outsize reputation. Kathryn O'shea Evans, House Beautiful, "This Stunning Massachusetts Home is a Haven in the Trees," 3 May 2019 Investors are snapping up shares of companies with weak earnings, a sign many have shaken off last year’s jitters and are ready to re-embrace riskier stocks in pursuit of outsize gains. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Riskier Stocks Are Paying Off," 10 Mar. 2019 The enormous pay scale of coaches, lavish facilities and the outsize growth (with attendant corruption) of the entire business leaves one feeling there must be a better way. WSJ, "For Best Athletes, College Offers More Than School," 21 Mar. 2019 The package—arguably the largest-ever of its kind—underscores the company’s outsize ambitions and how intimately connected its future success is to Musk. Fortune, "Tesla Shareholders Vote on Elon Musk's Massive Pay Plan Today. Here's What You Need to Know," 21 Mar. 2018 From Bradbury to Burroughs, the planet has played an outsize role in modern mythology. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Understand How the Earth Formed, and How It Might Disappear, NASA Is Drilling on Mars," 21 Feb. 2019 Without the burden of outsize expectation, something clicks in that infamous second round and the Caps never look back. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Making Our Picks for the 2018 Stanley Cup Winner," 11 Apr. 2018 A bird named Munin — from Norse mythology, where ravens play an outsize role — once flew from the Tower down the Thames River toward the Royal Observatory and the Greenwich meridian line, where the day begins. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 But alcohol does play an outsize role in such assaults. German Lopez, Vox, "We need to talk about Brett Kavanaugh and alcohol," 27 Sep. 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 How to pronounce outsize (audio) \

Kids Definition of outsize

: unusually large

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