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 Roadrunners: After many of the team's football players entered last season overweight, UTSA delayed the start of spring practice to allow for more focus on strength and conditioning. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: For ex-WOAI anchor Delaine Mathieu, life after TV looks good," 21 Apr. 2021 In countries where less than half the adult population is classified as overweight . . . Jack Butler, National Review, "We Must Escape the COVID-Obesity Trap," 4 Apr. 2021 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BMI is a measure of a person’s weight category (underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obesity) based on their height and weight. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: Beyoncé makes Grammy history, COVID vaccine eligibility opens up," 16 Mar. 2021 Among the higher risk groups: those with a body mass index of 25 or more, which would technically classify them as overweight. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Pelicans say some players, staff received COVID-19 vaccine," 14 Mar. 2021 This is because being obese or overweight may increase risk of severe illness from Covid-19, with obesity potentially tripling the risk of hospitalization due to Covid-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ada Wood And Naomi Thomas, CNN, "If you've gained weight during the pandemic, you're not alone. Here's what to do about it," 24 Mar. 2021 These conclusions might indicate that overweight and obese people need surveillance after vaccination to measure the immune response. Chris Smith, BGR, "If you fall into this category, you might need 3 coronavirus vaccine shots," 2 Mar. 2021 Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. has been the subject of much criticism after returning to summer camp last season out of shape and overweight. Forbes, "New York Yankees Welcome Fans To Spring Training Games Amid COVID-19 Protocols," 28 Feb. 2021 But the group considered overweight definitely is overlapped by the roughly 147,000 health care workers and nursing home workers and residents who were the first entries on the vaccination list starting in December. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Extending vaccination to the overweight adds hundreds of thousands to inoculation pool," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most early platforms simply provided tools to build your own datasets, of which the cost of building and maintaining can overweight the value add. Maxence Bouygues, Forbes, "How Cognitive Virtual Agents Can Revolutionize The Customer Support Industry," 4 Mar. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In 2015, nearly half of French adults were overweight or obese. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Unlikely Rise of the French Tacos," 12 Apr. 2021 State officials on Friday expanded the list of qualifying conditions to include type 1 diabetes, HIV, being overweight, and having a substance use disorder. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. moves one step closer to normalcy, reaching major COVID-19 reopening milestones," 5 Apr. 2021 But in a survey of its own, also in March, our own CDC found that, in the United States, more than half of coronavirus patients in hospitals were medically obese, and an additional 28 percent were overweight. Jack Butler, National Review, "We Must Escape the COVID-Obesity Trap," 4 Apr. 2021 So are people who are overweight, defined as having a body mass index of 25 or higher. oregonlive, "Q&A: All adult Oregonians with underlying conditions, leagues of frontline workers eligible for COVID vaccine by Monday," 4 Apr. 2021 Not all forms of diabetes stem from a person being overweight or leading an inactive lifestyle, and some forms are developed during childhood. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘It’s very personable’: Live, Laugh, Hope nonprofit seeks to help children with chronic illnesses," 1 Apr. 2021 Just as in human babies, mouse pups born to obese mothers are at higher risk of being overweight, so this finding suggests that extra betaine might be especially helpful to those pups, leading to healthier growth. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Breast milk ingredient may help power a healthy infant gut," 31 Mar. 2021 The state is following CDC guidelines, which sets BMI benchmarks to determine who is overweight or obese. BostonGlobe.com, "State’s new COVID-19 eligibility rules open the flood gates for people to seek vaccinations," 5 Apr. 2021 Researchers also found in a study on Arab Americans in California that 55.2% of the respondents were overweight or obese, another condition that can mean increased risk and severity of Covid-19 and death. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "The whitewashing of Arab Americans impacted by Covid-19 is a catastrophic public health issue, experts say," 3 Apr. 2021

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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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“Overweight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overweight. Accessed 12 May. 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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