[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. overwear,
  2. overweary,
  3. overween,
  4. overweening,
  5. overweigh,
  6. overwhelm,
  7. overwhelmed,
  8. overwhelming,
  9. overwind,
  10. overwinter

Origin of overweight

First recorded in 1545–55; over- + weight

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British Dictionary definitions for overweight


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 (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt) (tr)

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Word Origin and History for overweight



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

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