[sahy-zuh-buh l]


Related formssize·a·ble·ness, nounsize·a·bly, adverbun·size·a·ble, adjective


or size·a·ble

[sahy-zuh-buh l]


of considerable size; fairly large: He inherited a sizable fortune.
Obsolete. of convenient or suitable size.

Origin of sizable

First recorded in 1605–15; size1 + -able
Related formssiz·a·ble·ness, nounsiz·a·bly, adverbun·siz·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sizeable

Contemporary Examples of sizeable

Historical Examples of sizeable

  • Farther on, Dan and Brad could see that it widened to a sizeable floor.

  • The potential for inter-ethnic tension is deemed to be sizeable by the West.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Winnemucca is quite a sizeable town, and is the county seat of some county.

  • And now there's hardly a sizeable stick of timber left in the woods.


    Knut Hamsun

  • She was a well-built, sizeable woman, with good proportions and fine health,—but a fool.

    Can You Forgive Her?

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for sizeable




quite large
Derived Formssizableness or sizeableness, nounsizably or sizeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sizeable

also sizable, 1610s, "of relatively good, suitable, or desirable size, usually somewhat large" [Century Dictionary], from size + -able. Related: Sizeably; sizeableness.

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