1. Also out·sized. being unusually or abnormally large, heavy, extensive, etc.: a rack of outsize dresses; an outsize puppy; pampering an outsize ego.

Origin of outsize

First recorded in 1835–45; out- + size1
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  • He tugged at an outsized foot dangling over the side of an upper bunk.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

  • Mimi, in her outsized blazer and track pants, touched him on his bare shoulder.

  • She pulled off her slippers, climbed on the outsized divan which passed here for a bunk, and stretched out.


    James H Schmitz

  • All over the colony, men stopped work to see if the jet barge would handle the outsized lift.

    The Space Pioneers

    Carey Rockwell

  • He typed quickly and another machine, sealed and mammoth like an outsized photocopier, started to grunt and churn.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for outsized


  1. Also: outsized very large or larger than normaloutsize tomatoes
  1. something outsize, such as a garment or person
  2. (modifier) relating to or dealing in outsize clothesan outsize shop
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Word Origin and History for outsized

"larger than average," 1880, from out (adv.) + size.

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