• (British) IPA: /ˌəʊvəˈweɪt/
    • (America) enPR: ō'vər-wātʹ, IPA: /ˌoʊvɚˈweɪt/
    • (British) IPA: /ˈəʊvəweɪt/
    • (America) enPR: ōʹvər-wāt, IPA: /ˈoʊvɚweɪt/


  1. (of a person) Heavier than what is generally considered healthy for a given body type and height.
  2. (transportation, legal, of a vehicle) Weighing more than what is allowed for safety or legal commerce.
    • 1988, U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Gearing Up for Safety: Motor Carrier Safety in a Competitive Environment, ISBN 1428922504, page 38,
      All States allow oversized vehicles if a special permit is obtained, although most States will grant overweight permits only for non-divisible loads.
    • 1993, Legacy in the Sand: Chemical Command in Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, ISBN 0788104756, page 74,
      He got as far as the first weigh station, where troopers found his truck to be overweight and threatened to pull him off the road.
    • 1998, Collision of Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Train 102, ISBN 1428996532, page 48,
      Postaccident examination of the vehicle indicated, for example, that the driver had not adequately maintained his logbook and that his vehicle had been overweight for travel in Indiana.
  3. (investment, finance, followed by a noun or prepositional phrase indicating a security or type of security) Having a portfolio relatively heavily invested in.
    Our portfolio is very overweight (in) Asian technology stocks.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun


  1. (uncountable, chiefly, transport, legal, healthcare) An excess of weight.
    • 1976, Acts of the Legislature of Louisiana, volume 1, page 445:
      […] and shall pay not only the amount of the permit fee for overlength, overheight, overwidth or overweight as might be due, but an additional civil penalty of fifty dollars for the first offense, one hundred dollars for the second offense and one hundred fifty dollars for each additional offense; […]
    • 2007, Josephine Martin, Charlotte Oakley, Managing child nutrition programs: leadership for excellence, page 462:
  2. (countable) An overweight person.
  3. (countable, investment, finance) A security or class of securities in which one has a heavy concentration.
    Apple common stock is one of our overweights.
Translations Verb

overweight (overweights, present participle overweighting; past and past participle overweighted)

  1. (transitive) To weigh down: to put too heavy a burden on.
  2. (transitive) To place excessive weight or emphasis on; to overestimate the importance of. [from 17th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 8, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      We also over-weight such vaine future conjectures, which infant-spirits give us.

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