over·​size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsīz How to pronounce oversize (audio) \
variants: or oversized \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsīzd How to pronounce oversized (audio) \

Definition of oversize

: being of more than standard or ordinary size oversize pillows an oversize shirt

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Examples of oversize in a Sentence

the woman's oversize hat was blocking my view of the minister a softball is an oversize and less densely stuffed baseball

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But the siren song of an oversize single lens reflex (SLR) camera proved difficult to resist. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "What is the best camera for a family vacation? The one you have with you in the moment," 15 July 2019 Gregarious and charming, Passage had an irresistible attraction for travelers coming up the highway: tiger cubs, playthings that padded on oversize paws among marveling visitors who paid to stroke their dense fur. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 Their drink theme is moonshine and the decor is oversize kitschy art of famous people. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati restaurant openings and closings of 2019," 11 July 2019 Details are taken from life: The floggings with a leather strap lined with sheet metal and the oversize industrial fan used to muffle the boys’ cries come from the narratives of the White House Boys themselves. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Continues to Make a Classic American Genre His Own," 11 July 2019 Jeans, leggings, ruched dresses, oversize tees — these are the clothing items that, for the most part, make up the maternity fashion market. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Tellus Mater Will Change The Way You Look At Maternity Clothing," 5 July 2019 Sporting a chic bob and an oversize deep-green blazer, Kardashian West spoke alongside a host of criminal justice advocates and Trump to highlight his administration’s second-chance hiring and reentry initiative. Sarah Polus, Washington Post, "Kim Kardashian West speaks alongside Trump to announce ride-hailing program for former inmates," 13 June 2019 The new ride has eight oversize balloons that are giant memory balls, and the back wall of the ride is a giant re-creation of the memory ball storage area inside Riley’s brain. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Disney’s Pixar Pier marks first anniversary with opening of final attraction," 28 June 2019 Nearby, an oversize battle bot reminiscent of Iron Man was mounted on a blue robo-dino. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of oversize

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oversize was circa 1834

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English Language Learners Definition of oversize

: larger than the normal size : very large


over·​size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsīz How to pronounce oversize (audio) \
variants: or oversized \ -​ˈsīzd \

Kids Definition of oversize

: larger than the usual or normal size an oversize package

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