Definition of overweight in English:

overweight

adjective

  • 1Above a weight considered normal or desirable.

    ‘she was a stone overweight’
    • ‘In sharp contrast, her junk-food-eating brother who loves hamburgers is massively overweight and so are her mother and father.’
    • ‘The 71-year-old owner has brought in professionals to help his overweight employees lose weight.’
    • ‘It took ten seconds before he emerged, a medium height, slightly overweight man in an expensive dress outfit.’
    • ‘Overall, there is no evidence that low-fat diets are any better than low-calorie diets in achieving weight loss in overweight or obese people.’
    • ‘Balance caloric intake with physical activity and lose weight if currently overweight or obese.’
    • ‘The evidence for the effectiveness of interventions for weight loss among overweight adults, compared with obese adults, is limited.’
    • ‘Bulimics tend to be of normal weight to slightly overweight.’
    • ‘If you are overweight, losing weight may help you feel better.’
    • ‘Therefore, primary preventive strategies may include measures to avoid weight gain, or to achieve weight loss in overweight patients.’
    • ‘It can also be used to determine if people are at a healthy weight, overweight or obese.’
    • ‘Even with extremely overweight children, weight loss should be gradual.’
    • ‘Most of the women in the study who wanted to lose weight were not overweight.’
    • ‘Thirty-one percent of children are overweight or obese.’
    • ‘As long as you're not considerably overweight for your height and age according to your doctor, don't worry about it.’
    • ‘If overweight, her desirable weight gain is significantly less, about 15 to 25 pounds.’
    • ‘Overestimation of height and underestimation of weight in overweight people will magnify underestimation of body mass index.’
    • ‘‘Gee, look Cindy, they got gondolas,’ crooned an overweight woman to her massive friend.’
    • ‘I was overweight, but I managed to reduce my weight and have maintained it for the last 10 years.’
    • ‘A national poll of more than 2000 men asked whether they considered themselves underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.’
    • ‘Athletic women who are underweight at the start of the pregnancy commonly gain more weight, while overweight women may gain less.’
    fat, obese, morbidly obese, stout, corpulent, gross, fleshy, plump, portly, chubby, rotund, podgy, roly-poly, paunchy, pot-bellied, beer-bellied, bloated, flabby, falstaffian, big, large, ample, well fed, well upholstered, well padded, broad in the beam, bulky, outsize, massive, heavy
    porky, pudgy, tubby, blubbery, poddy
    fubsy
    lard-assed
    pursy
    abdominous
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    1. 1.1Above an allowed weight.
      ‘an overweight lorry’
      • ‘Five drivers were reported for allegedly having overweight lorries, and received immediate prohibition notices.’
      • ‘One elderly woman has launched her own campaign for a CCTV camera crackdown on overweight lorries illegally passing through the town centre.’
      • ‘Despite police monitoring the number of overweight lorries using the B3080 when the restriction was introduced, some have not stopped flouting the rules.’

noun

  • [mass noun] Excessive or extra weight.

    ‘surgical procedures for overweight’
    • ‘Most people associate extreme overweight with extreme forms of the same behaviors as those that make the rest of us gain weight - eating too much and not moving.’
    • ‘Only two other comparable studies have examined later adult risk in relation to both childhood and adult overweight, and these used body mass index as a measure of obesity at both ages.’
    • ‘Growth charts, ideal body weight, and body mass index were mostly used to assess and monitor overweight.’
    • ‘To help explain this apparent paradox, we propose that numerous vicious cycles are acting as ‘accelerators’ that maintain and even increase overweight.’
    • ‘Because of the difficulty in maintaining weight loss over time, prevention continues to be the most viable option for controlling overweight.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Put too much weight on; overload.

    ‘he toppled back like an overweighted mannequin’
    • ‘A while back I discussed how the powers that be will do ‘whatever it takes’ to keep this overweighted barge afloat.’
    • ‘An overweighted diver will have to put extra air into a BC or drysuit to maintain neutral buoyancy.’
    • ‘Conversely, the overweighted ball is generally used to enhance shoulder strength and power.’
    • ‘She was significantly overweighted, and the quick release valve for her integrated weights was inoperable.’
    • ‘Wallowing in the aftermath of such bereavements, she overweights her plots with aching losses.’

Pronunciation:

overweight

/əʊvəˈweɪt/