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

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 For the daytime outing, Lourd, 29, wore a sequin Louis Vuitton LBD featuring puff shoulders teamed with oversize hoop earrings and a matching purse over her shoulder. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 13 May 2022 The key changes included the addition of oversize, almost full-length hull windows and sole-to-ceiling salon windows. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 Part of what distinguishes them is physical—Candy with her tight perm, oversize glasses and trim figure is what passes for Wylie chic. John Anderson, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Its towering headquarters, shaped like an oversize lithium battery, and several of its biggest factories are in his hometown, Ningde, a former fishing village and military base in southeastern China. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 The bow-tie back detail is so cute, as is the ruffled scallop hem, and will be adorable on your next date night or in the daytime with sneakers and an oversize button down. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 With puffy bags beneath his eyes, an oversize suit and a determination to prove the exceptional powers of the mind, Barker was at odds with many members of his own profession. Brandy Schillace, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 She’s the author of Clean Air, which takes place in a near-distant future where plants overproduce deadly pollen to save the planet’s ecosystems, killing a ton of humans while the rest live in domes and eat oversize produce farmed by robots. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 To see that oversize double-breasted suit was just such a statement to me. Sam Reed, Glamour, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oversize

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Oversize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversize. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for oversize


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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