overweight

noun
over·​weight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌwāt How to pronounce overweight (audio) , sense 2 is usually ˌō-vər-ˈwāt \

Definition of overweight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : weight over and above what is required or allowed
2 : excessive or burdensome weight

overweight

verb
over·​weight | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt How to pronounce overweight (audio) \
overweighted; overweighting; overweights

Definition of overweight (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give too much weight or consideration to
2 : to weight excessively

overweight

adjective
over·​weight | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt How to pronounce overweight (audio) \

Definition of overweight (Entry 3 of 3)

: exceeding expected, normal, or proper weight especially : exceeding the bodily weight normal for one's age, height, and build

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overweight

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of overweight in a Sentence

Adjective He looked to be at least 20 pounds overweight. an overweight person who had difficulty running even a short distance
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2016, McCarthy’s No. 1 back was converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery, an overweight Eddie Lacy and a quartet of average backups (James Starks, Christine Michael, Knile Davis and Don Jackson). John Owning, Dallas News, "Taking a closer look: Will Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy break these tendencies he had with the Packers?," 13 Jan. 2020 Given the relationship between excess body weight and cancer risk, the effects of weight loss appeared to be much stronger among women who started the study overweight. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Losing Weight May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer," 17 Dec. 2019 The first heavyweight champ of Mexican descent came in overweight and couldn’t cut off the ring against a leaner, hungrier Anthony Joshua. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Andy Ruiz blew it, but trainer Manny Robles leaves impression that it's not over," 9 Dec. 2019 The ex-Lille winger has scored only once in his opening seven appearances in all competitions for the 2018 Champions League winners, and reportedly arrived in Madrid overweight after the summer break. SI.com, "Zinedine Zidane Insists He Isn't Concerned by Eden Hazard's Missed Sitter in Galatasaray Win," 23 Oct. 2019 Being overweight can change the acid levels in urine and, consequently, increase your risk of stones. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, baltimoresun.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 11 July 2019 Being overweight can change the acid levels in urine and, consequently, increase your risk of stones. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, baltimoresun.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 11 July 2019 Green arrived in East Lansing as an overweight, undersized power forward. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball a long way from figuring out who it is," 4 Dec. 2019 Being overweight can change the acid levels in urine and, consequently, increase your risk of stones. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, baltimoresun.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the current study, researchers found the mothers of only children were more likely to be overweight themselves. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Only children are more likely to be obese, study says," 6 Nov. 2019 Communication services was the largest overweighted sector among hedge funds, followed by material producers, consumer-discretionary shares and industrial companies. Washington Post, "Glass-Half-Full Hedge Funds May Get Doused," 20 Sep. 2019 Emphasize tech among American holdings while overweighting non-tech overseas. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "What the best approach to boost your 401(k)? Active, passive or a little of both?," 21 July 2019 Consider the problem posed by the abundance of scales for assessing gaming disorders, many of which overweight the clinical relevance of time spent gaming. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "WHO Calls Gaming Disorder an Illness. Experts Say Not So Fast," 19 June 2018 The fact that American women are more likely to be overweight may also add to health care costs, says Dr. Jha. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Even Kate Middleton's Luxury Hospital Stay Costs Less Than a Typical Birth in America," 26 Apr. 2018 The poll, conducted by Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies for a Tennessee business group and obtained by POLITICO, shows Bredesen up 47 to 45, despite a sample that was overweighted with Republicans. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Ego-Driven, Tired Old Man’ Corker Considers Un-Retirement From Senate," 13 Feb. 2018 So if investment-grade corporate bonds have a high momentum score, the fund will overweight them relative to its benchmark, the Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index, and vice versa if the score is low. Gerrard Cowan, WSJ, "A Bond ETF for the Momentum-Hungry," 9 July 2017 The portfolio managers then eliminate the those with the worst emissions, de-emphasize the lesser performers and overweight the better ones. Tim Gray, New York Times, "Funds That Can Put Your Investments on a Low-Carbon Diet," 13 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As people age or become overweight, changes in their metabolism weakens their immune system. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Flu season off to slow start, peak likely in December," 25 Nov. 2019 Management of the squad had become so lapsed under Hughes that many of the squad had just stopped caring and even become overweight. SI.com, "What Happened Stokealona? Examining Where it All Went Wrong for a Once Promising Stoke City Side," 8 May 2018 That’s an important takeaway, Teras notes, since about 70% of American adults are considered either overweight or obese. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Losing Weight May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer," 17 Dec. 2019 Neville accused the Belgian hitman of lacking professionalism during his two-year spell at United, whilst also calling him overweight on Twitter. SI.com, "Romelu Lukaku Issues Feisty Response to Gary Neville Criticism Over Poor Manchester United Form," 31 Aug. 2019 Just over 40 percent of France today is overweight, but the French girl’s silhouette? Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet Jeanne Damas, the Influencer Who Turned French Beauty Into a Lucrative Business," 4 Dec. 2019 More than two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Flu season off to slow start, peak likely in December," 25 Nov. 2019 The book chronicles his journey from being an overweight kid to becoming a record-setting running back who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Giants. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Find Out Which Mirrorball Champ Will Be a Guest Judge on DWTS: Athletes," 30 Apr. 2018 There may be a critical window for overweight kids to get to a healthy level. Washington Post, "Getting kids to a good weight by 13 may help avoid diabetes," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overweight

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1621, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overweight was in 1552

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20 Jan 2020

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“Overweight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overweight. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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overweight

adjective

Financial Definition of overweight

What It Is

Overweight refers to a given security which has been disproportionately allocated in an investment portfolio relative to a benchmark. It is the opposite of underweight.

How It Works

Investment portfolios are commonly built up and diversified according to a benchmark index. Any component of a given portfolio which outweighs the percentage suggested by the benchmark is described as overweight. For instance, if 50% of a portfolio is comprised of equity when the suggested equity allocation is only 35%, the equity component is considered overweight.

Overweight should not be confused with underweight, which describes a security or portfolio component which has been allocated at a lower percentage than the benchmark suggestion.

Why It Matters

Investors and fund managers will deliberately make certain portfolio components or securities overweight if they forecast disproportionate gains in the near future. If they are correct, the overweight component will help boost the overall performance of the portfolio.

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overweight

adjective
How to pronounce overweight (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overweight

: weighing more than the normal or expected amount : too heavy

overweight

adjective
over·​weight | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt How to pronounce overweight (audio) \

Kids Definition of overweight

: weighing more than is normal, necessary, or allowed an overweight suitcase

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overweight

adjective
over·​weight | \ -ˈwāt How to pronounce overweight (audio) \

Medical Definition of overweight

: weighing in excess of the normal for one's age, height, and build overweight adolescents overweight adults typically have a body mass index of 25 to 29.9

Other Words from overweight

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