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overweight

noun over·weight \ ˈō-vər-ˌwāt , sense 2 is usually ˌō-vər-ˈwāt \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of overweight

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

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First Known Use of overweight

1552


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overweight

verb over·weight \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt \

Definition of overweight

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

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First Known Use of overweight

1613


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overweight

adjective over·weight \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt \

Definition of overweight

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

Examples of overweight in a Sentence

  1. He looked to be at least 20 pounds overweight.

  2. an overweight person who had difficulty running even a short distance

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First Known Use of overweight

1621


Financial Definition of OVERWEIGHT

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.


OVERWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

overweight

adjective

Definition of overweight for English Language Learners

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


OVERWEIGHT Defined for Kids

overweight

adjective over·weight \ ˌō-vər-ˈwāt \

Definition of overweight for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

overweight

adjective 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

overweight

noun


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