[ adjective oh-ver-weyt; noun oh-ver-weyt; verb oh-ver-weyt ]
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  1. weighing too much or more than is considered normal, proper, etc.: overweight luggage; an overweight patient; two letters that may be overweight.

  1. extra or excess weight above what law or regulation allows, as of baggage or freight: The overweight will cost us $12.

  2. weight in excess of that considered normal, proper, healthful, etc.: Overweight in a child should not be neglected.

  1. greater effect or importance; preponderance.

verb (used with object)
  1. to weight excessively; exceed the weight limit of.

  2. to give too much consideration or emphasis to; stress unduly.

Origin of overweight

First recorded in 1545–55; over- + weight

Words Nearby overweight

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How to use overweight in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for overweight


  1. weighing more than is usual, allowed, or healthy

  2. finance

    • 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

    • (of a fund etc) invested disproportionately in this way

  1. extra or excess weight

  2. archaic greater importance or effect

verb(ˌəʊvəˈweɪt) (tr)
  1. to give too much emphasis or consideration to

  2. to add too much weight to

  1. to weigh down

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