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[adjective oh-ver-weyt; noun oh-ver-weyt; verb oh-ver-weyt]
  1. weighing too much or more than is considered normal, proper, etc.: overweight luggage; an overweight patient; two letters that may be overweight.
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  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.
  3. greater effect or importance; preponderance.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to weight excessively; exceed the weight limit of.
  2. 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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Examples from the Web for overweighted

Historical Examples

  • She was not to be overweighted by mournful responsibilities.

    Shakespeare's Family

    Mrs. C. C. Stopes

  • The man was understood to say something about "Overweighted on her head."

  • Not even once did the overweighted house-carle come to the surface.

    Ned, the son of Webb

    William O. Stoddard

  • There were now only five motors, and they were overweighted.

  • So that the earl was overweighted and did not shine on this occasion at his own dinner-table.

British Dictionary definitions for overweighted


adjective (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt)
  1. weighing more than is usual, allowed, or healthy
  2. 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
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noun (ˈəʊvəˌweɪt)
  1. extra or excess weight
  2. archaic greater importance or effect
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt) (tr)
  1. to give too much emphasis or consideration to
  2. to add too much weight to
  3. to weigh down
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Word Origin and History for overweighted



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

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