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 Try eliminating these five bad health habits: smoking, not exercising, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and eating an unhealthy diet. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Avoid these five risk factors and live longer, study says," 8 Jan. 2020 When turning back with a full fuel load, pilots have three choices, according to John Cox, a safety consultant and former airline pilot: burn the fuel, which can take hours, dump it or land overweight. Washington Post, "Aviation experts puzzled after airliner dumps fuel over city," 16 Jan. 2020 Mace was a half-foot taller and 100 pounds heavier, but Joe held him off, Joe’s endurance honed by long-distance running being the only thing that saved him, as Mace, overweight and out of shape, simply tired. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "When life serves up more wakes than weddings," 2 Sep. 2019 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 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 What’s more, an airplane can still land safely while overweight, meaning that in some contingencies, a pilot can choose to land heavy without dumping fuel first. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Planes dump fuel into the sky more than you’d expect. Here’s why they do it.," 24 Jan. 2020 The trouble is that LIGO’s data suggest this neutron star pair was substantially overweight—collectively, some 3.4 times the mass of the sun, which is half a solar mass heavier than the most massive neutron star binaries ever seen. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Did Astronomers Just Discover Black Holes from the Big Bang?," 13 Jan. 2020 BMI’s of under 25 were considered underweight or normal weight, 25 to 30 were considered overweight (25 to Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the US will be severely obese by 2030, study suggests," 19 Dec. 2019 People who are overweight, are 45 or older, are sedentary (active less than three times per week), or have parents or siblings with type 2 diabetes — among other risk factors — are more likely to be prediabetic, according to the release. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County Health Department to offer free courses to combat prediabetes," 20 Nov. 2019 Osteoarthritis, the most common form, is a wear-and-tear condition that results from aging, being overweight, injuries and genetic factors. Amby Burfoot, chicagotribune.com, "Dealing with arthritis pain? Keep moving, or it might get worse.," 15 Nov. 2019 Imlach demanded his players show up no more than seven pounds overweight, and able to do at least 20 pushups, 20 sit-ups, and 30 knee bends. BostonGlobe.com, "On the menu for the Bruins: baby bok choy, turnips, and spaghetti squash - The Boston Globe," 30 Sep. 2019 More recently, Quinn Fabray, the requisite mean girl from Glee, was revealed to have an embarrassing past that included being bullied for being overweight, which of course led to her bullying others in return. Alice Lesperance, Teen Vogue, "Euphoria's Kat Is Not the Fat Teenage Girl Trope You've Seen Before," 5 Aug. 2019 The study involved more than 3,000 American children ages 9 and 10; almost 1 in 3 were overweight or obese, which matches national statistics. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Obesity-associated cancers are affecting people at a younger age, CWRU study suggests," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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“Overweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overweight?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=overwe07. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce overweight (audio) \

Kids Definition of overweight

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

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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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