Definition of overweight in English:



Pronunciation /əʊvəˈweɪt/
  • 1Above a weight considered normal or desirable.

    ‘she was a stone overweight’
    • ‘Athletic women who are underweight at the start of the pregnancy commonly gain more weight, while overweight women may gain less.’
    • ‘Balance caloric intake with physical activity and lose weight if currently overweight or obese.’
    • ‘If overweight, her desirable weight gain is significantly less, about 15 to 25 pounds.’
    • ‘It took ten seconds before he emerged, a medium height, slightly overweight man in an expensive dress outfit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bulimics tend to be of normal weight to slightly overweight.’
    • ‘Most of the women in the study who wanted to lose weight were not overweight.’
    • ‘In sharp contrast, her junk-food-eating brother who loves hamburgers is massively overweight and so are her mother and father.’
    • ‘A national poll of more than 2000 men asked whether they considered themselves underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.’
    • ‘I was overweight, but I managed to reduce my weight and have maintained it for the last 10 years.’
    • ‘Even with extremely overweight children, weight loss should be gradual.’
    • ‘It can also be used to determine if people are at a healthy weight, overweight or obese.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 71-year-old owner has brought in professionals to help his overweight employees lose weight.’
    • ‘The evidence for the effectiveness of interventions for weight loss among overweight adults, compared with obese adults, is limited.’
    • ‘If you are overweight, losing weight may help you feel better.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Therefore, primary preventive strategies may include measures to avoid weight gain, or to achieve weight loss in overweight patients.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Above an allowed weight.
      ‘an overweight lorry’
      • ‘Only a fool, weight enforcement officers say, knowingly drives an overweight truck into a weigh station.’
      • ‘In the mid 1980s an overweight grain truck crashed through the timber deck and forced its only known closure.’
      • ‘Of the 537 overweight trucks that inspectors caught last year, the average weight was 75 tons.’
      • ‘Despite police monitoring the number of overweight lorries using the B3080 when the restriction was introduced, some have not stopped flouting the rules.’
      • ‘One elderly woman has launched her own campaign for a CCTV camera crackdown on overweight lorries illegally passing through the town centre.’
      • ‘Five drivers were reported for allegedly having overweight lorries, and received immediate prohibition notices.’
      • ‘Both of our bikes were legal; in fact, we were five pounds overweight.’


mass noun
Pronunciation /ˈəʊvəweɪt/
  • Excessive or extra weight.

    ‘surgical procedures for overweight’
    • ‘To help explain this apparent paradox, we propose that numerous vicious cycles are acting as ‘accelerators’ that maintain and even increase 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.’
    • ‘Because of the difficulty in maintaining weight loss over time, prevention continues to be the most viable option for controlling overweight.’
    • ‘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.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /əʊvəˈweɪt/
usually as adjective overweighted
  • 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.’
    • ‘Wallowing in the aftermath of such bereavements, she overweights her plots with aching losses.’
    • ‘She was significantly overweighted, and the quick release valve for her integrated weights was inoperable.’
    • ‘Conversely, the overweighted ball is generally used to enhance shoulder strength and power.’
    • ‘An overweighted diver will have to put extra air into a BC or drysuit to maintain neutral buoyancy.’