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

Impossible says that in a comparison of four-ounce servings, its burger has a few less calories than 80/20 beef (240 to 290), a bit less fat (14 grams vs 19), no cholesterol whatsoever, compared to 80 milligrams for the beef patty. al, "Beef O’Brady’s serving meatless Impossible Burger in Mobile, Birmingham," 13 Aug. 2019 Trump has sought massive Chinese purchases of American goods in the hope of narrowing China’s fat trade surplus. Los Angeles Times, "Trump backs down again, delays many new tariffs on China until December," 13 Aug. 2019 Snow darkened to dirt, a fat river shone under an enormous moon, and cow dung could again be spotted between the rocks. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 The researchers will analyze fat distribution through bone scans, which the study already has performed. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Popular anti-HIV drugs result in ‘10 years of weight gain in 2 years’ for some women," 7 Aug. 2019 On Sunday evening, Aug. 11, the fatter waxing gibbous moon will be parked just to the right of Saturn. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: There are many delights to be found in August’s evening skies," 4 Aug. 2019 These compounds are formed when fat and juices from meat drip onto hot coals. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "5 easy and tasty ways for safer grilling," 20 July 2019 Created by Tessa Mason, Henry Ford Hospital Intern for Heart Smart®. 130 calories (35% from fat), 5 grams fat (1 gram sat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "3 ways to boost nutrition of pasta salads," 26 July 2019 Paychecks got fatter in the second quarter, while gasoline prices have been falling. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "What to expect from Friday's GDP report," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These monsters are an inch thick with every bit of luscious fat still attached. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here are the 10 best foods at the Indiana State Fair 2019," 7 Aug. 2019 The type of fat—butter, shortening, margarine, or oil—isn’t just about taste, but also melting temperature, which dictates cookie texture. Mika Mckinnon, Quartz, "Astronauts will bake cookies in space to see how they cook in zero gravity," 1 Aug. 2019 Scallops of picanha, a special Brazilian rump cut served with its cap of fat, were addictive, so unhealthy, but so decadently divine. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Cello’s Grill: Carnivorous pleasures abound at this Cleveland Brazilian-style steakhouse," 1 Aug. 2019 The Procedure Liposuction is an outpatient procedure and performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the number of areas, the quantity of fat removed and each patient's individual squeamish tolerance. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Liposuction Surgery," 30 July 2019 Thomas Barber, the incumbent middle linebacker, has shed about seven pounds of belly fat. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers quarterbacks will split snaps, but probably not for long," 30 July 2019 Economist Valeria Moy says the government has plenty of fat to trim, but notes that this year’s federal budget of $5.8 trillion pesos ($304 billion) is about the same size as the 2018 budget. Washington Post, "Mexico cuts budget for all, from athletes to archaeologists," 18 July 2019 The pastrami was good ($12 for a 6-ounce sandwich, $18 for 10 ounces), with proper color (more red than pink), subtle spice and smoke flavor, and ribbons of fat near the edges. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Pastrami revival? Wave of delis open in South Florida, blending old and new," 11 July 2019 Its delicate flavour is best expressed in the presence of fat, which is why the creams and custards of the elite’s pastry chefs became its natural milieu. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019

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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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