over·​scale ˈō-vər-ˌskāl How to pronounce overscale (audio)
variants or overscaled
: oversize
an overscale coat
an overscale sofa

Examples of overscale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, agents need to protect overscale income. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 16 Mar. 2023 Colors, such as the peacock blue of the side chair, and patterns, like the overscale geometric throw on the bed, appear in moments that add punch to the timeless appeal of the room's classic trimwork and warm wood floors. Marisa Donnelly, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Jan. 2023 Her affinity for pattern, bold pattern to be exact, drove her to cover the table with an overscale blue-and-khaki linen ikat. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas, principal designer at Interiors by Design in Silver Spring, Md., warns that buying a one-and-done suite from a furniture showroom can saddle you with both a dull room and relentlessly overscale pieces. Nina Molina, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 An overscale coffee table provides plenty of room for snacks and drinks at bayside gatherings. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The idea that there’s been this downward pressure on writer overscale income and connecting it to the diversification of the agency’s businesses was not something that necessarily was obvious to us at all at the time. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2019 Designer Kay Douglass chose overscale willow basket lights from South of Market to help define the breakfast area in this large Atlanta kitchen. House Beautiful, 1 Oct. 2013 Take Valentino’s showstopping gowns with overscale floral motifs in hues like poppy and peridot. Rebecca Malinsky and Rory Satran, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2018 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'overscale.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overscale was in 1941

Dictionary Entries Near overscale

Cite this Entry

“Overscale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overscale. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on overscale

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!