[adjective oh-ver-sahyz; noun oh-ver-sahyz]

adjective Also o·ver·sized.

of excessive size; unusually large: an oversize cigar.
of a size larger than is necessary or required.


something that is oversize; an oversize article or object.
a size larger than the proper or usual size.

Nearby words

  1. overshot wheel,
  2. overside,
  3. oversight,
  4. oversimplification,
  5. oversimplify,
  6. oversized,
  7. overskirt,
  8. overslaugh,
  9. oversleep,
  10. oversleeve

Origin of oversize

First recorded in 1605–15; over- + size1

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British Dictionary definitions for oversized


adjective (ˌəʊvəˈsaɪz)

Also: oversized larger than the usual size

noun (ˈəʊvəˌsaɪz)

a size larger than the usual or proper size
something that is oversize
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Word Origin and History for oversized



1788, past participle adjective from oversize "make too large" (1670s), from over- + size (v.).

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