overweight[ō′vər wāt′; for adj., also, & for v., usually, ō′vər wāt′]
- The definition of overweight is being heavier than is considered healthy, acceptable or normal.
- A truck that weighs more than the limit permitted is an example of something that would be described as overweight.
- A person who weighs so much that his doctor considers it a health risk is an example of someone who is overweight.
This person is overweight.
- More weight than is normal, necessary, or allowed.
- Greater weight or importance; preponderance.
transitive verbo·ver·weight·ed, o·ver·weight·ing, o·ver·weights
- To weigh down too heavily; overload.
- To give too much emphasis, importance, or consideration to.
(comparative more overweight, superlative most overweight)
- (of a person) heavier than what is generally considered healthy for a given body type and height.
- (transport, law, of a vehicle) weighing more than what is allowed for safety or legal commerce
- (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.
- (chiefly transport, law, healthcare) An excess of weight.
- (investment, finance) A security or class of securities in which one has a heavy concentration.
- Apple common stock is one of our overweights.
(third-person singular simple present overweights, present participle overweighting, simple past and past participle overweighted)
overweight - Investment & Finance Definition
Having a large percentage of a portfolio invested in a particular sector. For example, an analyst may tell investors to overweight their holdings of healthcare stocks, meaning that healthcare stocks should take up a larger percentage of the investors’ portfolios than they do on a broad market index, such as the S&P 500. The term also may be applied to individual stocks. Overweight contrasts with underweight, which indicates that a portfolio has a disproportionately small amount of funds in a particular stock or sector.