- having size as specified (often used in combination): middle-sized.
Origin of sized
- the spatial dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or bulk of anything: the size of a farm; the size of the fish you caught.
- considerable or great magnitude: to seek size rather than quality.
- one of a series of graduated measures for articles of manufacture or trade: children's sizes of shoes.
- extent; amount; range: a fortune of great size.
- actual condition, circumstance, or state of affairs: That's about the size of it.
- a number of population or contents: What size is Springfield, Illinois? The size of that last shipment was only a dozen.
- Obsolete. a fixed standard of quality or quantity, as for food or drink.
- to separate or sort according to size.
- to make of a certain size.
- Metallurgy. to press (a sintered compact) to close tolerances.
- Obsolete. to regulate or control according to a fixed standard.
- size up, Informal.
- to form an estimate of (a situation, person, etc.); judge: They sized him up with a look.
- to meet a certain standard: He doesn't size up to my expectations.
- of a size, of the same or similar size: The two poodles are of a size.
- try on for size,
- to put on briefly in order to test the fit of, as a garment or shoes.
- to consider, evaluate, do, or use before taking further action: We'll try the plan on for size to see whether it's practical.
Origin of size1
- any of various gelatinous or glutinous preparations made from glue, starch, etc., used for filling the pores of cloth, paper, etc., or as an adhesive ground for gold leaf on books.
- to coat or treat with size.
Origin of size2
Related Words for sizedaudit, calculate, evaluate, inspect, assess, examine, gauge, peg, compute, survey, fit, average, limit, rank, mark, adjust, determine, quantify, weigh, estimate
Examples from the Web for sized
Contemporary Examples of sized
But nobody can look at that diagram and think about anything other than an impressively sized phallus.11 News Anchor Flubs: Tom Brokaw on Ambien, Weather Penis, and More
December 18, 2013
She sized me up, then patted my hand and gave me a big wink.Inside Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Girl’s Abduction
August 29, 2013
However, U.S. forces will no longer be sized to conduct large-scale prolonged stability operations.The Petraeus Revolution: How He Changed the American Way of War
January 8, 2013
I hung the dress up on the deluxe, velvet-covered hanger it came with, and sized it up further.Can an $895 Dress Be a Bargain?
November 29, 2009
Historical Examples of sized
And you need it worse'n ever he did, if I got you sized up right.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It surely does, Mr. Wilson: you've got it sized up just right.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
This purse should be knitted with second sized netting silk, No. 13.
You must have two skeins of second sized silk, and a No. 10 mesh.
First off I sized him up for one of them English Johnnies that had lost his eyeglass.Shorty McCabe
- of a specified sizemedium-sized
- the dimensions, proportions, amount, or extent of something
- large or great dimensions, etc
- one of a series of graduated measurements, as of clothingshe takes size 4 shoes
- informal state of affairs as summarizedhe's bankrupt, that's the size of it
- to sort according to size
- (tr) to make or cut to a particular size or sizes
Word Origin for size
- Also called: sizing a thin gelatinous mixture, made from glue, clay, or wax, that is used as a sealer or filler on paper, cloth, or plaster surfaces
- (tr) to treat or coat (a surface) with size
Word Origin for size
c.1300, "an ordinance to fix the amount of a payment or tax," from Old French sise, shortened form of assise "session, assessment, regulation, manner" (see assize), probably a misdivision of l'assise as la sise. The sense of "extent, amount, volume, magnitude" (c.1300) is from the notion of regulating something by fixing the amount of it (weights, food portions, etc.). Specific sense of "set of dimensions of a manufactured article for sale" is attested from 1590s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with size
- size up
- cut down (to size)
- pick on (someone your own size)
- take down a notch (to size)
- that's about the size of it
- try on (for size)