\ ˈfat How to pronounce fat (audio) \
fatter; fattest

Definition of fat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : notable for having an unusual amount of fat:
a : plump a cute, fat little baby
b : having excessive body fat … a woman of medium height, a little plump but not fat— Mary McCarthy
c of a meat animal : fattened for market
d of food : oily, greasy a fat, rich cheese
2a : well filled out : thick, big a fat book
b : full in tone and quality : rich a gorgeous fat bass voiceIrish Digest
c : well stocked a fat larder
d : prosperous, wealthy grew fat on the warTime
e : being substantial and impressive a fat bank account
3a : richly rewarding or profitable a fat part in a movie a fat contract
b : practically nonexistent a fat chance
4 : productive, fertile a fat year for crops
5 informal : stupid, foolish " … if he had had any sense in his fat head, he would have done it long ago, dash him!"— P. G. Wodehouse
6 : being swollen got a fat lip from the fight
7 of a baseball pitch : easy to hit

fat

verb
fatted; fatting

Definition of fat (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make fat : fatten

fat

noun

Definition of fat (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : animal tissue consisting chiefly of cells distended with greasy or oily matter
2a : oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of adipose tissue and often abundant in seeds
b : any of various compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are glycerides of fatty acids, are the chief constituents of plant and animal fat, are a major class of energy-rich food, and are soluble in organic solvents but not in water
c : a solid or semisolid fat as distinguished from an oil
3 : the best or richest part
5 : something in excess : superfluity trim the fat from the news operation— Ray Olson

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Other Words from fat

Adjective

fatness noun

Noun

fatless \ ˈfat-​ləs How to pronounce fatless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fat in a Sentence

Adjective The dog is getting fat because you feed him too much. I can't believe I've let myself get so fat. a fat book of poems a truck with fat tires Noun people with excess body fat a diet and exercise program to help you gain muscle and lose fat Nuts contain a lot of fat. Trim the fat from the meat before you cook it. a diet low in fats fats like butter and olive oil trim the fat off the budget
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Try renting a fat bike and cycling down the beach on the Oregon coast. oregonlive, "Avoid the crowds, even at the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and the Oregon coast: Peak Northwest podcast," 2 July 2020 Coming standard in widebody form, the fat-tire Challenger may look very similar to the Dodge Demon, but there are some key differences. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "807-HP Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Is Made for the Drag Strip," 2 July 2020 One reason could be that dementia is directly linked to hormones derived from fat cells. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Belly fat in older women is linked to a 39% higher risk of dementia within 15 years, study says," 23 June 2020 Most buildings are named for fat cats or politicians who secure pork for the people who want to build them. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Governments: Stop naming things for people," 14 June 2020 Long, skinny food plots often accomplish this better than wide, fat plots. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips For Growing Successful Food Plots (And Keeping Deer on Your Property All Season Long)," 19 June 2020 There is less fat to trim than there was five years ago, the IEA reckons. The Economist, "After the fall Investment in oil supply has collapsed. It may not roar back," 11 June 2020 The rest of the rod bends toward a fat wild rainbow. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 9 June 2020 Bacon is concerned about how fat individuals could see the memes and the jokes and come away with the feeling that there’s something inherently bad or shameful about them. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Fear of the ‘quarantine 15’ speaks to deeper anxieties," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blackberry fruit fills the air with every swirl of the glass, along with a meaty/smoky scent reminiscent of dripping pork fat exploding on campfire coals. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "3 Oregon wines making a difference during tough times," 7 July 2020 Investors have become very good at noticing any fat in every system and swooping down to monetize those redundant assets. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Bruce Schneier says we need to embrace inefficiency to save our economy," 30 June 2020 The fat from the cheese and bacon blanket will keep the meat moist on the grill or smoker. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Get crazy with smoked pork loins stuffed with jalapeño cream cheese, topped with Ruffles and more," 29 June 2020 In Asheville, distiller Troy Ball is known for using an old corn varietal, known as Crooked Creek, whose high fat content rounds out the spirit beautifully. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Eventually, the rolls (of fat) are called up yonder. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "God’s latest gift to the South," 17 June 2020 Wall Street fat cats and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs unleashed tremendous opportunities for US companies to seek higher profits from offshoring millions of jobs to low-wage countries like China. Prabhudev Konana For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The United States must end its mindless reliance on China," 5 June 2020 The large bay clams' fat, livery bellies nearly melt into the batter, enriching the cakes with loads of briney flavor. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "Rhode Island Clamcakes—Yes, Crisp Clam Doughnuts—Are the Perfect Taste of Summer," 10 June 2016 Alternatively, body fat could be implicated in metabolic and vascular pathways associated with the buildup of amyloid proteins or brain lesions, known to be associated with dementia. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Belly fat in older women is linked to a 39% higher risk of dementia within 15 years, study says," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of fat

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fat

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English, from Old English fǣtt, past participle of fǣtan to cram; akin to Old High German feizit fat

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The first known use of fat was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fat. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce fat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a lot of extra flesh on your body : having a lot of body fat
: having a full, rounded form
: unusually wide or thick

fat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fat (Entry 2 of 2)

: the soft flesh on the bodies of people and animals that helps keep the body warm and is used to store energy
: an oily solid or liquid substance in food
: an amount that is more than what is usual or needed
\ ˈfat How to pronounce fat (audio) \
fatter; fattest

Kids Definition of fat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having much body fat a fat pig
2 : thick entry 1 sense 1 a fat book
3 : richly rewarding or profitable He signed a fat contract.
4 : swollen up I fell and got a fat lip.

Other Words from fat

fatness noun

fat

noun

Kids Definition of fat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : animal or plant tissue containing much greasy or oily material
2 : any of numerous compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that make up most of animal or plant fat and that are important to nutrition as sources of energy
3 : a solid fat as distinguished from an oil
4 : the best or richest part the fat of the land
\ ˈfat How to pronounce fat (audio) \
fatter; fattest

Medical Definition of fat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: notable for having an unusual amount of fat especially : fleshy with superfluous flabby tissue that is not muscle : obese

Other Words from fat

fatness noun

fat

noun

Medical Definition of fat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : animal tissue consisting chiefly of cells distended with greasy or oily matter — see brown fat
2a : oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of adipose tissue
b : any of numerous compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are glycerides of fatty acids, are the chief constituents of plant and animal fat, are a major class of energy-rich food, and are soluble in organic solvents (as ether) but not in water
c : a solid or semisolid fat as distinguished from an oil
3 : the condition of fatness : obesity

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