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


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


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

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 this case, Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira came in one half pound overweight. Xl Media, cleveland, 7 May 2022 The uncertainty of timing leads to our preference in crafting a strategic allocation that can perform reasonably in most markets, with an overweight on classes that have shown resiliency. David Thomas, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The study, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, split 139 overweight to significantly obese adults in Guangzhou into two study groups that were followed for a year. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 The portrait of the collector painted in the film is multifaceted: as touched upon throughout its 92-minute run time, a vinyl collector is not only the stereotypical overweight, stringy-haired honkey male. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 27 Apr. 2022 The couple, who has been struggling due to long-distance and strained communication, had a big fight over her decision to let their son Jack consume sugar due to Toby's fears about genetics being a predisposition to possibly becoming overweight. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 8 Mar. 2022 Banfield also saw a slight rise — about 2 percent — of dogs being diagnosed as overweight from March 2020 to December of that year, at the beginning of the pandemic. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Body mass index is the calculation of weight in kilograms divided by height, and the range specified for the study is typically classified as overweight. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 That is because Recife is part of an accelerating movement across Latin America’s largest country that, according to experts, has quickly made Brazil the world leader in enshrining protections for the overweight. Jack Nicas, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One area that's particularly easy to overweight is your company's stock. The Week Staff, The Week, 1 May 2022 Some fund managers, like those in the U.K., tend to overweight their home country or region when constructing global equity funds for investors in their country. Derek Horstmeyer, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Another way to benefit from the January effect during that period would have been to use leverage (or buy on margin) to overweight your portfolio to stocks the first month of the year. Derek Horstmeyer, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2022 Underweight China and overweight India is fairly typical positioning from global and EM managers at the moment. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 One tangent about how our society treats overweight people led to an old news story about a woman who was too big for an MRI, so the doctor referred her to the Bronx Zoo. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Dec. 2021 BNP Paribas upgraded China equity in their Asia allocation model moving the country to overweight from neutral. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Taking a more nuanced approach than divestment and exclusions, investors can overweight assets with climate tailwinds and underweight assets with climate headwinds. Bhakti Mirchandani, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Built more than 60 years ago to handle 47,000 vehicles a day, the BQE now carries more than 153,000, many of them illegally overweight trucks. Christopher Robbins, Curbed, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Reaching the front of an airport luggage drop-off line only to be told your suitcase is overweight is a special kind of hassle, and no one wants their vacation budget spent on extra bag charges. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Muller had a core group of friends at school, but bullies teased him about being overweight. Longreads, 5 May 2022 Aliyah’s blood sugar was sky-high despite having no immediate family history of diabetes, not being overweight and not having other obvious comorbidities. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, 15 Apr. 2022 The 2019 Health Survey for England estimated 28% of adults were obese and 36% were overweight. Bloomberg.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent data indicates that 32.5% of Americans are overweight, 37.7% are obese, and 7.7% are morbidly obese (100 or more pounds above ideal body weight). Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 In Florida, which Gaetz represents, about 28% of people are obese and about 36% are overweight, according to the state's health department. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 The main cause of this type of stroke is high blood pressure, being overweight, excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking, stress and a lack of exercise. Alyssa Hui, Health.com, 15 Mar. 2022 Most people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight, and for those who are, many struggle with weight loss in part due to the high insulin levels that go along with insulin resistance, which is the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overweight


1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1621, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for overweight


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


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

overweight noun

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