over·​size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsīz How to pronounce oversize (audio) \
variants: or oversized \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsīzd How to pronounce oversize (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
Recent Examples on the Web There were spindly rebar armatures of oversize haunches and torsos, already touched by rust after the cardboard mâché, which had once given them a papery fleshy mass, was carried away with the receding water. Justin Beal, Curbed, 11 Sep. 2021 Patrons lounge on oversize lily pads and dance under shower poles. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2021 Backed by the City Council, nearly 57% of Mountain View voters passed an ordinance in November banning oversize vehicles on streets that are 40 feet or less wide, about 83% of all streets in town. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Aug. 2021 Cut a slightly oversize hole in the center of the coffee-can lid (G), then slip the grommet (F) and then the lid over the end of the dowel rod. James Schadewald, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2021 During those presentations, a lot of the executives will undoubtedly wax poetic about the virtues of watching movies in cinemas with oversize soft drinks and popcorn. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 Perfect for cleaning up after diaper changes, meals and other messes, Coterie’s oversize wipes are sturdy and sufficiently wet to tackle any job. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 The clip opens in black and white, with a bald MGK riding down Sunset Boulevard on a motorcycle with oversize horns. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 12 Aug. 2021 Here, too, is a nice study of the scale of oversize chintz roses and tiebacks, right for the height of the windows. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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“Oversize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversize. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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