over·​weight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌwāt, 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 \
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 \

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

blubbery, chubby, corpulent, fat, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, obese, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubby

Antonyms: Adjective

lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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Examples of overweight in a Sentence


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

The story takes place in the 1980s, when Evelyn (Bates), an overweight, unhappy housewife, befriends the elderly Ninny Threadgoode (Tandy), who tells her the story of two unlikely best friends living in 1930s Alabama. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010 She maybe smart, and an activist but for fat and overweight shouldn’t be glorified ! Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Self magazine features plus-size model Tess Holliday on first digital cover," 1 July 2018 Some larger nations -- such as the United Kingdom and Germany -- did not partake in the study but have their own surveillance systems to track overweight and obesity prevalence in children. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Childhood obesity is high in home of Mediterranean diet," 29 May 2018 Abbas, who is a heavy smoker and overweight, has a long history of health issues, ranging from heart trouble to a bout with prostate cancer a decade ago. Ian Deitch, USA TODAY, "Reports: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hospitalized with fever," 20 May 2018 Their 15-year-old daughter, Elsbeth, is overweight, soon to be bulimic, and infatuated with a bad-boy photographer. Wendy Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Post-Holocaust life follows an unsurprising American trajectory," 8 June 2018 Though shedding pounds for people who are overweight is often suggested, the researchers also found that even without weight loss, changing to a healthier diet helps stave off diabetes. Len Canter, chicagotribune.com, "Using diet to stave off diabetes," 14 May 2018 But that defeat–to a tough, plodding, roughhousing opponent who came in overweight and utilized what could fairly be described as questionable tactics–only underscored the importance of Lomachenko’s footwork. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Vasiliy Lomachenko's Rise to Boxing's Upper Echelon Began in Dance Classes Growing Up in Ukraine," 9 May 2018 Women who didn't follow any of the healthy lifestyle factors had an average BMI of 29.8, just shy of the border between overweight and obesity. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "These five healthy habits could extend your life by a dozen years or more, study says," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But the U.S.C./LAT poll had terrible luck: The single most overweighted person in the survey was unrepresentative of his demographic group. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "How One 19-Year-Old Illinois Man Is Distorting National Polling Averages," 12 Oct. 2016 Though Brazilian financial assets rebounded to end the week, the political chaos has slammed a number of mutual funds that overweight the region. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 21 May 2017 It was overweighted, the wheelbarrow, so everything kind of spilled everywhere. Sophie Hirsh, Condé Nast Traveler, "Princess Diana Honored With New Kensington Palace Garden," 13 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration reports in the Lancet that overweight and obese populations have higher mortality, regardless of country. Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "Single Payer’s Misleading Statistics," 17 Dec. 2018 Usually these character’s storylines were about the struggles of being overweight which was the source of their lack of confidence, depression, and undesirability. Britney Young, Glamour, "Before GLOW, There Was Never a Character Who Truly Felt Like Me," 29 June 2018 One frustration of being overweight is how people often reduce the issue to being basically fat and lazy. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Male friend constantly confronted with his 'privilege'," 31 May 2018 One frustration of being overweight is how people often reduce the issue to being basically fat and lazy. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Male friend constantly confronted with his privilege," 29 May 2018 Snyder revealed La Marr was originally ridiculed by critics for being overweight during her first starring picture, which would prompt her to explore extreme diets to get her in camera-ready shape. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Barbara La Marr, Hollywood's 'too beautiful' actress, suffered a tragic life plagued by drug abuse allegations," 17 May 2018 In 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 expanded the clinical definition of anorexia nervosa to include overweight and obese teenagers who develop disordered eating. Amy Mccarthy, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Shouldn't Assume That Only Thin People Can Have Eating Disorders," 26 Feb. 2016 At 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 159 pounds, Corbin was overweight, with a BMI of 29.1. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Rory, a young boy on the autistic spectrum, is bullied by his classmates in an early scene, much like an overweight Monster Squad member is in Black’s 1987 film. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "With Predator in theaters, it’s the perfect time to revisit The Monster Squad," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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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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English Language Learners Definition of overweight

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


over·​weight | \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt \

Kids Definition of overweight

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

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over·​weight | \ -ˈwāt \

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

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