fat

adjective
\ 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
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 How to pronounce fat (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 There are a number of things here that raise questions, not least this idea that a couple of workers can levy a fat fee without any physical proof of wrongdoing. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 Blackstone has become expert at buying packages that are too big for almost anyone else, then selling pieces at a fat profit to rivals that lacked the cash to bid on the whole deal. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 June 2021 Oil stocks—and their fat dividends—are breaking out to new highs. Brett Owens, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Here was a feminist disquisition of old-school proportions: a big fat analysis of how profit and patriarchy conspire to make women feel bad about ourselves, joined with a call to action. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 10 June 2021 The primary factor in determining the quality of grade in beef, marbling is the visible white fat streaks in raw meat. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 On a recent Wednesday, Ann Barrett, a chemical engineer, and Michelle Richardson, a food technologist, were making vegetable omelets of varying volumes and fat content to see how a soldier could be most sated from the smallest package. New York Times, 8 June 2021 Asked who is his favorite singer, Chaz responded with a fat fastball over the plate. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 Seconds later a very healthy, fat largemouth bass rose from the water. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fat slowly melts and flavors the meat along with all the aromatics. Bon Appétit, 14 June 2021 Food exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Sue Selasky and send food and restaurant news to: 313-222-6872 or sselasky@freepress.com. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021 As the fluid is injected, the fluid separates the fat cells. Steve Metsch, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 Best of all, perhaps, is the new NuEra Tight cellulite and fat-blasting treatment, of which there are only five in the world. Lela London, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Sorokin also gave up a fat rebound off a Bergeron bumper shot, leading to Pastrnak cashing in the loose puck for a brief 2-1 lead in the second. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 The writers use up their remaining fat jokes for one of the series' final episodes. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 In the study, the shorter gut transit times were generally associated with better health, less abdominal fat, healthier responses to food, and a healthier gut. Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 20 May 2021 What’s more, ghee is an ideal fat for frying and tempering, as its heat tolerance is high — 485 degrees. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 18 May 2021

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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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More Definitions for fat

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 How to pronounce fat (audio) \
fatter; fattest

Kids Definition of fat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having much body fat a fat cat
2 : thick entry 1 sense 1 a fat book
3 : richly rewarding or profitable a fat contract
4 : swollen up 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 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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