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[adjective oh-ver-weyt; noun oh-ver-weyt; verb oh-ver-weyt] /adjective ˈoʊ vərˈweɪt; noun ˈoʊ vərˌweɪt; verb ˌoʊ vərˈweɪt/
weighing too much or more than is considered normal, proper, etc.:
overweight luggage; an overweight patient; two letters that may be overweight.
extra or excess weight above what law or regulation allows, as of baggage or freight:
The overweight will cost us $12.
weight in excess of that considered normal, proper, healthful, etc.:
Overweight in a child should not be neglected.
greater effect or importance; preponderance.
verb (used with object)
to weight excessively; exceed the weight limit of.
to give too much consideration or emphasis to; stress unduly.
Origin of overweight
First recorded in 1545-55; over- + weight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for overweighted
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  • Would the heart, overweighted with sudden joy, stop beating for very excess of happiness?

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • So that the earl was overweighted and did not shine on this occasion at his own dinner-table.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • The whole town was overweighted, overwhelmed by the brooding Forest.

    The Dark Forest Hugh Walpole
  • As a second in command he would have been invaluable; as a chief he was overweighted.

    Australian Pictures Howard Willoughby
  • There were now only five motors, and they were overweighted.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Might she not be embarrassed, and overweighted by too emphatic a change of circumstances?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • Some one called his attention to the fact that the frigate was overweighted with cannon.

  • But there was too much of it; it overweighted the small head.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • And the work is so hard, and my voice is so precious, that I fear to add an ounce to the fatigue, or I might be overweighted.

  • Many are overweighted by the sex instinct to their positive harm.

British Dictionary definitions for overweighted


adjective (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt)
weighing more than is usual, allowed, or healthy
  1. having a higher proportion of one's investments in a particular sector of the market than the size of that sector relative to the total market would suggest: portfolio managers are currently overweight in bonds
  2. (of a fund etc) invested disproportionately in this way
noun (ˈəʊvəˌweɪt)
extra or excess weight
(archaic) greater importance or effect
verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt)
to give too much emphasis or consideration to
to add too much weight to
to weigh down
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overweighted



"in excess of proper or ordinary weight," 1630s, from over- + weight (n.). Of persons, as a noun, "obesity" from 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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