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1. Abbr. av. or avdp. Avoirdupois weight.
2. Informal Weight or heaviness, especially of a person.

[Middle 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 , 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).]


(ˌævədəˈpɔɪz; ˌævwɑːdjuːˈpwɑː) or

avoirdupois weight

(Units) a system of weights used in many English-speaking countries. It is based on the pound, which contains 16 ounces or 7000 grains. 100 pounds (US) or 112 pounds (Brit) is equal to 1 hundredweight and 20 hundredweights equals 1 ton. Abbreviation: avdp or avoir
[C14: from Old French aver de peis goods of weight]


(ˌæv ər dəˈpɔɪz)

2. Informal. bodily weight; heaviness: excess avoirdupois.
[1250–1300; Middle English avoir de pois literally, property of weight < Old French, =avoir (< Latin habēre to have) + de (< Latin ) + pois (< Latin pēnsum) weight]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avoirdupois - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)avoirdupois - a system of weights based on the 16-ounce pound (or 7,000 grains)
system of weights, weight - a system of units used to express the weight of something
avoirdupois unit - any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
2.avoirdupois - excess bodily weightavoirdupois - excess bodily weight; "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"
bodily property - an attribute of the body
adiposeness, adiposity, fattiness - having the property of containing fat; "he recommended exercise to reduce my adiposity"
abdominousness, paunchiness - the bodily property of a protruding belly
greasiness, oiliness, oleaginousness - consisting of or covered with oil
corpulency, fleshiness, obesity - more than average fatness
steatopygia - an extreme accumulation of fat on the buttocks


Informal. The state or quality of being physically heavy:


nAvoirdupois nt; (hum: = excess weight) → Fülligkeit f, → Üppigkeit f; there’s been an increase in her avoirdupois (hum)sie ist ziemlich in die Breite gegangen