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[av-er-duh-poiz] /ˌæv ər dəˈpɔɪz/
Informal. bodily weight:
He carries around a lot of excess avoirdupois.
Origin of avoirdupois
1250-1300; Middle English avoir de pois literally, property of weight < Old French, equivalent to avoir (earlier aveir < Latin habēre to have) + de (< Latin ) + pois (earlier peis < Latin pēnsum) Unabridged
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/ˌævədəˈpɔɪz; ˌævwɑːdjuːˈpwɑː/
a system of weights used in many English-speaking countries. It is based on the pound, which contains 16 ounces or 7000 grains. 100 pounds (US) or 112 pounds (Brit) is equal to 1 hundredweight and 20 hundredweights equals 1 ton Abbreviation avdp, avoir
Word Origin
C14: from Old French aver de peis goods of weight
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Word Origin and History for avoirdupois

1650s, misspelling of Middle English avoir-de-peise (c.1300), from Old French avoir de pois "goods of weight," from aveir "property, goods" (noun use of aveir "have") + peis "weight," from Latin pensum, neuter of pendere "to weigh" (see pendant (n.)). After late 15c., the standard system of weights used in England for all goods except precious metals, precious stones, and medicine.

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avoirdupois in Medicine

avoirdupois av·oir·du·pois (āv'ər-də-poiz')
Avoirdupois weight.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for avoirdupois



Body weight; fat or fatness: I have too much avoirdupois, so I'm dieting

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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