Dictionary.com

overweight

[ adjective oh-ver-weyt; noun oh-ver-weyt; verb oh-ver-weyt ]
/ adjective ˈoʊ vərˈweɪt; noun ˈoʊ vərˌweɪt; verb ˌoʊ vərˈweɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: overweight / overweights on Thesaurus.com

adjective
weighing too much or more than is considered normal, proper, etc.: overweight luggage; an overweight patient; two letters that may be overweight.
noun
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.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of overweight

First recorded in 1545–55; over- + weight
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use overweight in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for overweight

overweight

adjective (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt)
weighing more than is usual, allowed, or healthy
finance
  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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK