fattening

adjective
fat·​ten·​ing | \ ˈfat-niŋ How to pronounce fattening (audio) , ˈfa-tə-niŋ \

Definition of fattening

: causing or tending to cause an increase in body fat fattening foods … at about 45 calories in a three-and-a-half-ounce portion, it's no more fattening than other starchy vegetables.— Mary-Ellen Banashek

First Known Use of fattening

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fattening was in 1877

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“Fattening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fattening. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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