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

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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 actuality, Brooklyn now has to find a way to build chemistry — on and off the court — with an All-Star trio that includes an absent and mercurial point guard (Irving) and an overweight, ball-dominant former MVP (Harden). oregonlive, "James Harden blockbuster trade reaction, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum’s historic night, rookie ladder, next on trade block: NBA news and notes," 14 Jan. 2021 Children who use online technologies many times a day are more likely to be sedentary, sleep-deprived and overweight; to struggle academically or behaviorally in school; and to self-report poorer quality of life and mental health. Paul L. Morgan, The Conversation, "Some kindergartners are more likely to be heavy users of online tech later, according to new research," 12 Jan. 2021 Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to equal-weight from overweight following the sales update. Adrian Krajewski, Bloomberg.com, "CD Projekt Falls After Cyberpunk Game Sales Disappoints Analysts," 22 Dec. 2020 He was diagnosed by veterinarians as both overweight and malnourished, and also suffers behavioral issues due to his isolation. Kathy Gannon, chicagotribune.com, "Cher in Pakistan to help ‘world’s loneliest elephant’," 27 Nov. 2020 High rates of overweight and obesity in the United States are linked to serious chronic health conditions like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, the panel noted; the conditions also increase the risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness. Roni Caryn Rabin, BostonGlobe.com, "US diet guidelines sidestep scientific advice to cut sugar and alcohol," 30 Dec. 2020 Rising overweight and obesity rates pose an additional burden to public health. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Over half of Chinese adults are now overweight. That's more people than the entire US population," 24 Dec. 2020 And privately, Atlas often the argued his case more crudely, bluntly saying coronavirus was a disease that only affected the overweight, the diabetic and the elderly, the other adviser said. Anchorage Daily News, "The inside story of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter," 20 Dec. 2020 Do the overweight in the richest countries get to jump the queue — or just the seriously obese? Washington Post, "Coronavirus vaccines are coming. Who should get them first?," 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In an outlook for 2021, a team including Andrew Sheets recommended investors overweight equities and corporate bonds against cash and government debt, and sell the U.S. dollar. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, "Dump the dollar, stick with stocks and corporate bonds, Morgan Stanley advises heading into 2021," 16 Nov. 2020 Their poll generally followed the 2016 election turnout model and did not overweight or underweight groups such as Republicans. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Final Zogby: Biden 49%, Trump 43%, no ‘hidden’ voters," 2 Nov. 2020 The strategists cut their recommendation on technology stocks to neutral and upgraded banking and auto shares to overweight. Jackie Edwards, Bloomberg.com, "Goldman Says Tech to Lose Out to Beaten-Down Banks and Autos," 15 Oct. 2020 Stalin overweighted the political importance of a Soviet veto on the Security Council and underweighted the costs of the opprobrium his country would endure during episodes like the Berlin blockade and the Korean War. Benn Steil, WSJ, "‘Eight Days at Yalta’ Review: A Complicated Betrayal," 4 Feb. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But Baerga was overweight, and Alomar was 34 years old. New York Times, "Mets Bet Big, Trading for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco," 7 Jan. 2021 Covid-19 tends to strike certain groups more severely, including African Americans, Latinos, people with certain blood types, and people who are overweight or diabetic. Washington Post, "Large-scale global study to investigate links between covid-19 and cognitive decline," 5 Jan. 2021 According to the report, 50.7% of Chinese adults are overweight, including those who are obese. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Over half of Chinese adults are now overweight. That's more people than the entire US population," 24 Dec. 2020 Given its intensity, the workout may not be suitable for older people or those who are overweight or have chronic conditions, Bassett noted. Washington Post, "This social media personality is popularizing a treadmill workout she invented. But is it healthy?," 7 Dec. 2020 The rankings were determined by the prevalence of obesity and people in each state who were overweight; health consequences related to obesity; and food and fitness. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama isn’t the country’s fattest state. But it’s close," 16 Nov. 2020 An estimated 40% of adults are considered overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Dallas private equity firm buys weight-loss brand Nutrisystem for $575 million," 19 Oct. 2020 Seventy-three percent of Mexicans are considered overweight, 34 percent morbidly obese, according to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development study published in January. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Mexico moves to ban junk food sales to children, citing obesity as coronavirus risk factor," 19 Aug. 2020 Wallethub’s rankings looked at data from a variety of sources – including the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – to determine the most overweight and obese states in America. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama isn’t the country’s fattest state. But it’s close," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of overweight was in 1552

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26 Jan 2021

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“Overweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overweight. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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 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

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