- avoirdupois weight
- Informal heaviness or weight, esp. of a person
Origin of avoirdupoisMiddle English aver de poiz from Old French aveir de peis from aveir, goods ( from Classical Latin habere, to have) + de ( from Classical Latin de), of + peis ( from Classical Latin pensum), weight
- Abbr. av. or avdp. Avoirdupois weight.
- Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.
Origin of avoirdupoisMiddle English avoir de pois commodities sold by weight alteration of Old French aveir de peis goods of weight aveir, avoir to have ( from Latin habēre ; see able . ) de of ( from Latin dē from ; see de- . ) peis, pois weight ( from Vulgar Latin pēsum ) ( from Latin pēnsum ) ( past participle of pendere to hang ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.)