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 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

However, half of the participants’ diets were high in saturated fat while the other half ate a low-saturated fat diet. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "White meat raises cholesterol levels just like red meat, study says," 4 June 2019 And who wants a lot of big, fat, white guys who live in Washington 700 miles away making the decision about what’s going to happen about a family pregnancy where the family has basis for some views and maybe wants to terminate the pregnancy. Hunter Woodall, The Seattle Times, "GOP’s Weld says he’s most pro-choice candidate in 2020 race," 19 May 2019 Just stick with unsaturated fat sources like vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make," 1 May 2019 People calling you fat, funny, dehumanizing you every step of the way. Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue, ""Shrill," Starring Aidy Bryant, Is a Revolution for Fat Representation," 22 Mar. 2019 The Broken Lizard troupe — Kevin Heffernan (the stocky one who’s the butt of the fat jokes), Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, and Jay Chandrasekhar — shares writing and acting duties and defers directing to Mr. Chandrasekhar. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’: The Broken Lizard Boys Are Back," 19 Apr. 2018 Another complicating factor is Maine’s system of voluntary public campaign financing, which has helped several candidates stay in races otherwise dominated by those with fatter wallets. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "GOP Could Get Even Trumpier in June 12 Primaries," 12 June 2018 So an at-home workout machine is perfect for fitting around busy schedules and making quick fat-loss gains. Lauren Levy, Slate Magazine, "The Best Home Gym Equipment," 1 Jan. 2018 That’s why there’s so many fat kids in school right now — because there’s nobody to take their lunch money. Kyle Smith, National Review, "‘We Need Bullies’: Chris Rock Speaks Truth to Weakness in Tamborine," 15 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not by overloading on glucose or ketones [the energy source produced when the liver burns fat], but by altering the cadence of eating and letting the body do what it was designed to do during times of food scarcity. Rahul Jandial, Md, Health.com, "The Popular Diet One Neurosurgeon Swears By as a Way to Boost His Brainpower," 5 June 2019 Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces, discarding any visible fat. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "This one-pot chicken and rice delivers a lot of comfort, and a little kick," 4 June 2019 Judge Ursula Ungaro agreed the FDA has the authority to regulate a procedure that has become widespread in the burgeoning industry — using patients’ fat to create a stem cell treatment. Laura Mcginley And William Wan, sun-sentinel.com, "FDA wins groundbreaking case against for-profit Sunrise stem cell company," 4 June 2019 Built largely from super-rigid carbon fiber, the cars are extremely lightweight at 1565 pounds and roll on fat racing tires. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Everything You Need to Know about the Indianapolis 500," 25 May 2019 For example, levels of the main female hormone estradiol drop significantly after menopause, which directly affects the way women carry fat, Dr. Kapoor says. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "Why Menopause Causes Weight Gain and Why You Shouldn't Worry," 21 May 2019 The most common, used in both clinical trials and consumer products, is via an oil in which CBD, which is naturally soluble in fat, has been dissolved. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 2018 On the top shelf, Hadid stores fat-free Icelandic yogurt in fruity flavors like peach and berry. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018 In fact, Lustgarten said, they are highly processed foods that are high in fat, sugar and sodium. Lindsey Bever, chicagotribune.com, "Why you should probably stop snacking at work," 14 June 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, 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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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 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 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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