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[adjective oh-ver-sahyz; noun oh-ver-sahyz]
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adjective Also o·ver·sized.
  1. of excessive size; unusually large: an oversize cigar.
  2. of a size larger than is necessary or required.
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  1. something that is oversize; an oversize article or object.
  2. a size larger than the proper or usual size.
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Origin of oversize

First recorded in 1605–15; over- + size1
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  • It is preferable however to remove the oversize by means of screens at the pit.

  • Just cut a hole in it with the oversize can-opener you'll find in the tool box.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • He had large, red hands that were fitted with oversize knuckles.

    Good References

    E. J. Rath

  • I knew she was oversize, but she now appeared a fair match for Falstaff.

  • The professor indicated an arrangement like an oversize drawing board.

    The Time Mirror

    Clark South

British Dictionary definitions for oversize


adjective (ˌəʊvəˈsaɪz)
  1. Also: oversized larger than the usual size
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌsaɪz)
  1. a size larger than the usual or proper size
  2. something that is oversize
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