Definition of Overweight

1. Adjective. Usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it.

Exact synonyms: Fleshy, Heavy
Similar to: Fat
Derivative terms: Fleshiness, Heaviness

2. Noun. The property of excessive fatness.
Exact synonyms: Adiposis, Corpulence, Stoutness
Generic synonyms: Corpulency, Fleshiness, Obesity
Derivative terms: Corpulent, Stout

Definition of Overweight

1. n. Weight over and above what is required by law or custom.

2. a. Overweighing; excessive.

Definition of Overweight

1. Adjective. (context: of a person) heavier than what is generally considered healthy for a given body type and height. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: transportation legal of a vehicle) weighing more than what is allowed for safety or legal commerce ¹

3. Adjective. (context: investment finance followed by a noun or prepositional phrase indicating a security or type of security) Having a portfolio relatively heavily invested in. ¹

4. Noun. (context: especially transport legal healthcare) An excess of weight. ¹

5. Noun. (context: investment finance) A security or class of securities in which one has a heavy concentration. ¹

6. Verb. To place excessive weight or emphasis on; to overestimate the importance of. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Overweight

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Overweight

1. Obesity. Please see MedicineNet site on OBESITY for information. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Overweight

overweight (current term)

Literary usage of Overweight

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Health Status of Minorities & Low Income Groups by DIANE Publishing Company, Dept. of Health and Human Services, United States (1991)
"However, there is no doubt that the problem of overweight affects ... The 1985 NHIS findings on overweight were based on self-reported weight and height. ..."

2. Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention by DIANE Publishing Company (2004)
"The outpoints used to define overweight approximate the 120 percent of ... ._ 5 Prevalence of overweight among people aged 20 and older and 1960 1965 1970 ..."

3. Health, United States, 1998 with Socioeconomic Status and Health Chartbook by National Center for Health Statistics, United States Government Printing Office (1998)
"Overall, adolescents in higher income households were less likely to be overweight than those in poorer households. Among adolescents in middle- or ..."

4. The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women by Marian Sandmaier (1992)
"overweight that is raising your cholesterol levels. You will probably need a diet that is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. ..."

5. Health United States 1995: The Annual National Report on Health by Kate Prager, Diane M. Makuc, Jacob J. Feldman (1998)
"Prevalence of overweight among women 20-74 years of age by age: United ... overweight is defined for women as body mass index greater than or equal to 27.3 ..."

6. Nutrition and Growth in Children by William Robie Patten Emerson (1922)
"CHAPTER XV THE overweight CHILD overweight in children has not received the attention from either parents or physicians that its serious menace to health ..."

7. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer: With the Practice of Country by John Frederick Archbold (1846)
"6rf.; and for every hundred of such overweight exceeding ten hundred, bs.; which said additional sums or tolls hereby granted and made payable at any ..."

8. Health Education and the Nutrition Class: A Report of the Bureau of by Bank Street College of Education, Jean Lee Hunt, Buford Jennette Johnson, Edith Helen Maas Lincoln (1921)
"Of 126 children, measured at entrance in the fall, 8 were of normal height and weight; of the remaining 118, 25 or 21% were from 1-24% overweight and 93 or ..."

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