from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Weighing more than is normal, necessary, or allowed, especially having more body weight than is considered normal or healthy for one's age or build. synonym: fat.
  • noun More weight than is normal, necessary, or allowed.
  • noun Greater weight or importance; preponderance.
  • transitive verb To weigh down too heavily; overload.
  • transitive verb To give too much emphasis, importance, or consideration to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Greater weight than is required by law, custom, or rule; greater weight than is desired or intended.
  • noun Preponderance: sometimes used adjectively.
  • To weigh down; burden to excess; hamper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Weight over and above what is required by law or custom.
  • noun Superabundance of weight; preponderance.
  • adjective obsolete Overweighing; excessive.
  • adjective Having a weight in excess of what is normal, proper, or expected.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a person heavier than what is generally considered healthy for a given body type and height.
  • adjective transport, law, of a vehicle weighing more than what is allowed for safety or legal commerce
  • adjective investment, finance Having a portfolio relatively heavily invested in.
  • noun law, healthcare An excess of weight.
  • noun investment, finance A security or class of securities in which one has a heavy concentration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the property of excessive fatness
  • adjective usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it


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