fatty

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adjective

fat·​ty ˈfa-tē How to pronounce fatty (audio)
fattier; fattiest
1
: containing fat especially in unusual amounts
fatty foods
also : unduly stout : corpulent
2
: greasy
3
: derived from or chemically related to fat
fattiness noun

fatty

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noun

plural fatties
informal
: one that is fat
especially, disparaging + offensive : an overweight person

Example Sentences

Adjective I try to avoid fatty foods. fatty ground beef that was the cheapest available
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
For starters, salmon is an absolute powerhouse of nutrients, containing considerable amounts of calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein, to name a few. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 29 Dec. 2022 Add more omega-3 fatty acids from dietary sources; Reduce portions; and Plan ahead. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 27 Dec. 2022 Also featured are omega-3 fatty acids from an excellent source: DHA. Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2022 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Monique Richard said that nutritional deficiencies (such as B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein) could also still be a factor impacting cognitive health outcomes. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 5 Oct. 2022 In a new push to figure out whether fish oil can help with conditions from heart disease to depression, scientists are digging deeper into its key nutrient: omega-3 fatty acids. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 These square-shaped thick slabs of rich, fatty and flavorful beef sausage fit on a roll like a glove. Stacey Lastoe, CNN, 31 Dec. 2022 The presence of salty, fatty, sometimes smoked meats in such dishes has created a false narrative that much of the food Black people eat is unhealthy, or was born from scraps given to Black people to make do with. Amethyst Ganaway, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2022 Avoid giving your dog fatty or spicy foods, as these can make the diarrhea worse. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022
Noun
In recent years, coconut oil had been given a pass because of its unique fatty profile. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, 19 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fatty was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fatty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatty. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

fatty

adjective
fat·​ty
ˈfat-ē
fattier; fattiest
1
: containing fat especially in unusual amounts
2
fattiness noun

Medical Definition

fatty

adjective
fat·​ty ˈfat-ē How to pronounce fatty (audio)
fattier; fattiest
1
a
: unduly stout : corpulent
b
: marked by an abnormal deposit of fat
a fatty liver
fatty cirrhosis
2
: derived from or chemically related to fat
fattiness noun

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