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

More: Celebrate Fourth of July with red-white-and-blue cake Spare ribs Located on the lower part of the belly, these have more fat, and there is sometimes a layer of fat on top. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to buy and choose ribs," 1 July 2018 When efficient gut bacteria were transferred from obese mice to thinner mice, the thinner mice got fatter. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Americans are eager to hear obesity is not our fault. New research adds to the debate," 22 Mar. 2018 Particularly concerning is that cocaine increases cortisol levels, a stress hormone that induces fat consumption. National Geographic, "Some Rivers Are So Drug-Polluted, Their Eels Get High on Cocaine," 20 June 2018 The less fat on your grill, the lower your exposure to harmful chemicals. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 Sigma also sells a fatter, round brush that is intended for gel masks, and a small, eye-shadow-like brush for eye creams. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Should You Apply Your Moisturizer With a Brush?," 6 June 2018 The baby was fat and strong, with a round face and small eyes. Washington Post, "Silent pain: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge," 5 July 2018 Fat cells, which store fat and glucose to be later used as energy, are an incredibly important part of this whole process, Dr. Jensen explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 New research suggests that your brain is hard-wired to crave foods that combine fat and carbohydrates, such as the fries and shakes that beckon from the drive-thru menu. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to make your fast food habit healthier," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The grams of fat, based on a 2,000-calorie diet, piled up to nearly 21 times of what’s thought to be wise. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lakers could contend sooner than you think; much work remains for Padres," 6 July 2018 There’s definitely a lot of fat that could have been trimmed. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Drake's New Album 'Scorpion' on First Listen," 30 June 2018 Rault is an auteur, laying down gorgeous harmonies with his lead vocals and cutting out any trace of fat—these songs get the job done with little fuss. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Montreal pop auteur Michael Rault summons the spirit of 70 AM pop radio on It’s a New Day Tonight," 29 June 2018 Before and after their makeover, for instance, a serving of Oreos contained 160 calories and seven grams of fat. Author: Caitlin Dewey, Anchorage Daily News, "Artificial trans fats, widely linked to heart disease, are officially banned," 19 June 2018 Yontif wore triple-thick glasses and not so much cargo shorts as cargo pants and cargo shirts, the better to hide his pouches of fat. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 The other day, the kids were eating turkey with ham and pepperoni flavors, low-fat chocolate milk, potato salad, and apple slices. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch," 20 June 2018 The fourth and largest one, conducted at Stanford, randomized 600 overweight-to-obese subjects into low-fat versus low-carb diets for a year and looked at whether or not their weight loss could be explained by their metabolism or their DNA. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Collapse of a $40 Million Nutrition Science Crusade," 18 June 2018 The pair spent a decade developing the album’s 11 terse, fat-free tracks, arranging impossibly dense packets of visceral noise into ferocious rhythmic patterns borrowed from club music. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two generations of noisy oddballs from the LA underground descend on Chicago," 15 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

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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