\ 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
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 Created and tested by Darlene Zimmerman, MS, RD, for Heart Smart® 281 calories (22% from fat), 7 grams fat (3 grams sat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Three-cheese pizza pockets: Here's how to make them healthier," 21 Dec. 2019 There is a long tradition in theatre of casting men as women who are older, stricter, meaner, fatter, louder — in other words, deviant. Mia J. Merrill, sun-sentinel.com, "Why is a man starring in a play about legendary politician Bella Abzug?," 20 Nov. 2019 Bad fat — cheese, sour cream, butter, all that stuff. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "RHOC’s Tamra Judge Says the Keto Diet Is ‘Not Healthy in the Long Run’," 7 Aug. 2019 His plan is global street food like Szechuan hot chicken steam buns and lobster corn dog fritters drizzled with bacon fat honey. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Instead, his team laid a big, fat egg, losing to the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium for the first time since 2008 and only the second time in 18 games with Tom Brady at quarterback. BostonGlobe.com, "FOXBOROUGH – Instant Analysis from the Patriots’ 27-24 loss to the Dolphins:," 31 Dec. 2019 The union also owned the National Bank of Washington (D.C., not Pennsylvania), a unique arrangement that had helped the union expand and purchase their own mines in fatter times, but by the 1960s had become rife with fraud and poor management. Vince Guerreri, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, the Murder of Jock Yablonski Shocked the Labor Movement," 31 Dec. 2019 This year, Outside’s culture writers delved into countless subjects, including fat bears, the Camber Outdoors equity fiasco, Pattie Gonia, and more. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Culture Stories of 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 Blue agaves amass fat caches of inulin but are unlike other species that guard those riches with tough fibers and harsh-smelling chemical deterrents. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some insist the fat be butter; others allow for more healthful substitutes, such as olive oil. Washington Post, "Shrimp Étouffée," 9 Jan. 2020 For example, fats should be limited and come from things like nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "What Is the 80/20 Diet? Here’s Everything You Should Know," 27 Dec. 2019 Created and tested by Darlene Zimmerman, MS, RD, for Heart Smart® 281 calories (22% from fat), 7 grams fat (3 grams sat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Three-cheese pizza pockets: Here's how to make them healthier," 21 Dec. 2019 Because chicken fat is no longer the only frying option, cheese can become the centerpiece of the Wertheimers’ recipes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hanukkah table gets a Dairy State twist from a little-known Jewish heroine," 19 Dec. 2019 Generally the higher the concentration of saturated fatty acids, the thicker and more solid a fat will be; the higher the concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, the thinner and more liquid. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Do You Really Need to Put Fatty Acids on Your Face?," 28 Aug. 2019 Add the pork belly and immediately stir with chopsticks or a wooden spoon while shaking the pan until the fat is translucent and the meat golden brown, about 45 seconds. Soleil Ho, latimes.com, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 The pork fat renders in the process, enriching the meat while leaving it crispy. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Cheesy, messy Tijuana-style tacos are the Bay Area’s latest hits," 2 Jan. 2020 There is significant evidence that ketosis—a metabolic state wherein the body starts using fat as a primary fuel source due to a lack of carbs—helps reduce seizures in people with epilepsy. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "The Best (and Worst) Nutrition Advice of 2019," 1 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of fat was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatting. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce fat (audio)

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
\ 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
\ 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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