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overweight

[adj. oh-ver-weyt; n. oh-ver-weyt; v. oh-ver-weyt] /adj. ˈoʊ vərˈweɪt; n. ˈoʊ vərˌweɪt; v. ˌoʊ vərˈweɪt/
adjective
1.
weighing too much or more than is considered normal, proper, etc.:
overweight luggage; an overweight patient; two letters that may be overweight.
noun
2.
extra or excess weight above what law or regulation allows, as of baggage or freight:
The overweight will cost us $12.
3.
weight in excess of that considered normal, proper, healthful, etc.:
Overweight in a child should not be neglected.
4.
greater effect or importance; preponderance.
verb (used with object)
5.
to weight excessively; exceed the weight limit of.
6.
to give too much consideration or emphasis to; stress unduly.
Origin of overweight
1545-1555
1545-55; over- + weight
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  • Almost instantly the overweight one was behind him, seizing his arm.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • You overweight your boy going off and he will be handicapped out of the race, too.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • It looked tired as from the carrying of an overweight of suspicion.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • We must not overweight the Bill, said the Prime Minister at length.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • The philosophic mind is both to overweight itself with too many material facts or trivial memories.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for overweight

overweight

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
noun (ˈəʊvəˌweɪt)
3.
extra or excess weight
4.
(archaic) greater importance or effect
verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈweɪt)
5.
to give too much emphasis or consideration to
6.
to add too much weight to
7.
to weigh down
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Word Origin and History for overweight
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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