overscale

adjective
over·​scale | \ˈō-vər-ˌskāl \
variants: or overscaled \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌskāld \

Definition of overscale 

: oversize an overscale coat an overscale sofa

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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, "Top Pin of the Day: A Large, Open Kitchen," 1 Oct. 2013 Take Valentino’s showstopping gowns with overscale floral motifs in hues like poppy and peridot. Rebecca Malinsky And Rory Satran, WSJ, "A Complete Guide to Fall’s Best Women’s Fashion Trends," 9 Mar. 2018 The couple’s guests are immediately greeted with a generous pour of rosé Champagne in an overscale glass with a single giant ice cube — a personal touch that has become something of a party signature for the pair. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Holiday Dining at This New York Apartment Is All About Puttin' on the Ritz," 29 Nov. 2017 But simply putting two overscale rodents onstage to comment on the foibles of their human counterparts does not make as much of a difference as Mr. Giles must have hoped. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Breeders,’ Parenting as a (Literal) Cage Match," 2 Oct. 2017 The skinny tower is served by a massively overscale driveway, paved, of course, in expensive stone blocks. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "New Children's Hospital campus yearns for the big city, but can't leave the office park behind," 28 Sep. 2017 That’s the challenge and the joy — following dogs with beady eyes, horses with brick walls for legs, overscale rabbits, patterns that could be Aboriginal or psychedelic, even a figure borrowed from Picasso. Robert Taylor, The Mercury News, "Dorothea Lange, Roy De Forest shows get interactive at Oakland Museum," 26 May 2017 With standout exceptions, such as the megaweight metalwork toward the end, objects are small or fragile or both, and look especially so in these overscale galleries: bits of fabric, scraps of sculpture, pocket-size icons, glassware, books. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Jerusalem as a Place of Desire and Death, at the Metropolitan Museum," 22 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of overscale

1941, in the meaning defined above

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