fat

adjective
\ˈfat \
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

4 : obesity

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 \ 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

So if more Americans are exercising, how can more also be getting fatter? Mike Stobbe, BostonGlobe.com, "Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US," 29 June 2018 So if more Americans are exercising, how can more also be getting fatter? NBC News, "Americans claim they exercise, but more are obese than ever," 29 June 2018 So if more Americans are exercising, how can more also be getting fatter? Mike Stobbe, chicagotribune.com, "Study says more U.S. Adults are exercising – and more are obese," 28 June 2018 Two dozen or so Templars—mostly middle-aged guys—are killing beers and whiskey and chomping fat cigars. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 The duck is done to a medium rare if the juices from the fattest part of the thigh or drumstick run faintly rosy when the meat is pricked, and when the duck is lifted and drained, the last drops of juice from the vent are a pale rose. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 Fernando, who will go through the non-shooting tests Friday, was also measured to have one of the lowest body-fat percentages of any of the players, at 5.25 percent. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland players Huerter, Fernando test well at NBA scouting combine," 18 May 2018 That giant macerated lump of full-fat dairy and sodium and potato carbs can sit like a bowling ball in the pit of your stomach for hours. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "Love, Thy Name Is Slow-Roasted Onion Dip," 2 June 2018 Britain had a big fat feminist royal wedding over the weekend, Elizabeth Holmes might not be to blame for all of Theranos’ problems, and the Fortune 500 is out—and just 24 female CEOs are on the list. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Fortune 500, Royal Wedding, Theranos: Broadsheet May 17," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If necessary, pour all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Comforting old-fashioned chicken and spring peas for dinner," 9 June 2018 Layered on two warm flour tortillas, the slices of brisket nearly always come complete with a few bits of fat left intact, giving that melt-in-your-mouth effect. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Doc Crow's sets a worthy bar for successful restaurants in Louisville," 30 May 2018 Put simply, one gram of fat provides nine calories per gram, whereas one gram of carbohydrates or protein provides four. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Should Know About Vegan Diets," 24 Apr. 2018 Staples: canola oil, flour, fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth, salt and black peppercorns. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Yes, you can make a chicken pot pie for 2 | Charlotte Observer," 6 Mar. 2018 All foods are free of trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, other artificial additives and GMO’s, according to the eatery. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "CoreLife Eatery brings fresh, healthy food options to Hyde Park," 10 July 2018 But even healthy people vary daily and hourly in the ability of fat, liver and muscles to take up insulin from the bloodstream and use it to convert food to energy. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Deep brain stimulation may offer treatment for type 2 diabetes, study suggests," 26 May 2018 Two tablespoons have about 7 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber. Sophia Gottfried, Time, "Is Peanut Butter Good For You?," 23 May 2018 Regardless, the preponderance of evidence still warns about the dangers of saturated fat. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "The high-fat keto diet isn't the worst for you, it's definitely not great either," 3 May 2018

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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

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

Verb

see fat entry 1

Noun

see fat entry 1

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fat

adjective

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

fat

adjective
\ˈfat \
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

fat

adjective
\ˈfat \
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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