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[out-sahyz] /ˈaʊtˌsaɪz/
an uncommon or irregular size, especially one larger than average.
a garment of such a size.
Also, outsized. being unusually or abnormally large, heavy, extensive, etc.:
a rack of outsize dresses; an outsize puppy; pampering an outsize ego.
Origin of outsize
1835-45; out- + size1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for outsize


Also outsized. very large or larger than normal: outsize tomatoes
something outsize, such as a garment or person
(modifier) relating to or dealing in outsize clothes: an outsize shop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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