over·size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsīz \
variants: or oversized \ˌō-vər-ˈsīzd \

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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Two oversize metal chandeliers, painted white, hung above the long wooden kitchen table. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Leanne Ford Explores the Many Shades of White," 8 May 2018 La Residence, an 11-suite Tuscan-style villa filled with antiques, oversize chandeliers, and Persian rugs, is a great base for exploring the vineyards and historic towns of the Cape Winelands, South Africa's culinary capital. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "10 Trips That Are Truly Fun for the Whole Family," 30 Nov. 2016 The apartment was also configured to have an open, loft-like flow with lots of light from the oversize windows and skylights and ready access to the six irrigated and landscaped terraces. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 With these two oversize personalities topping the bill, the Kim and Trump show could be, well, huge. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "Analysis: Tactics Kim may use in US-North Korea summit," 10 June 2018 Delvey was booked into a Howard Deluxe, one of the hotel’s midrange options, about $400 a night, with ceramic sculptures on the walls and oversize windows looking onto the bustling streets of Soho. Jessica Pressler, The Cut, "Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It," 28 May 2018 Viewers are invited to cool off with a refreshing glass of Pimm’s, and, like at other arenas, children can regularly be seen thrusting oversize gift-shop tennis balls at sweaty players (victorious or not) after a match. David Abrahams, Vogue, "At a Wimbledon Full of Unprecedented Twists and Turns, Scenes From On and Off the Court," 13 July 2018 Drain flies, those fuzzy little moth-like creatures with oversize wings, were a problem in other eateries. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Large roaches, moldy turkey close down Philly eateries | Clean Plates," 2 July 2018 After repairs are completed, the northbound curb lane will reopen, but oversize trucks will not be allowed to use the bridge. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Summer update: What’s next for transportation projects in Puget Sound area," 1 July 2018

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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 \
variants: or oversized \-ˈsīzd \

Kids Definition of oversize

: larger than the usual or normal size an oversize package

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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