[ adjective oh-ver-weyt; noun oh-ver-weyt; verb oh-ver-weyt ]
/ adjective ˈoʊ vərˈweɪt; noun ˈoʊ vərˌweɪt; verb ˌoʊ vərˈweɪt /
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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.



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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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