- averdupois (obsolete)
From Middle English avoir de pois, aver de peis, haburdy poyse, haburdepays, haburdepeyse, from Old French aveir + de + peis (“asset of weight”), influenced by Middle French avoir + du + pois; compare French poids (“weight”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌævədəˈpɔɪz/, /ˌævwɑːdjuːˈpwɑː/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌævɚdəˈpɔɪz/
- Rhymes: -ɔɪz, -ɑː
- (historical) The official system of weights used in the UK between 1856 and 1963. It had been the customary system in London since 1300.
- (historical) The official system of weights used in the USA between 1866 and 1959.
- (chiefly humorous) Weight; heaviness.
- 1915, Jack London, The Little Lady of the Big House:
- It seems humanly reasonable that the three of us can woman-handle a mere man of your elderly and insulting avoirdupois.
- 2012, Frank Lean, Boiling Point:
- The detective sergeant, who was called Munro, more than made up for Cullen's advance in the avoirdupois department. Lean to the point of emaciation, Munro was also a paragon of contemporary fashion. He was clad in a hideous brown suit […]
- (obsolete) Merchandise.
- 1357, John Mandeville, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, modernized spelling edition:
- From that mountain go men to the city of Thauriso that was wont to be clept Taxis, that is a full fair city and a great, and one of the best that is in the world for merchandise; thither come all merchants for to buy avoirdupois, and it is in the land of the Emperor of Persia.