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Definition of flab

: soft flabby body tissue

Examples of flab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Army of the Dead’s chief flaw is that it’s just too long—too much of its muscle and bone is obscured by flab. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 21 May 2021 Smith captioned some of his favorite entries from fans flaunting their flab-ulous torsos. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 The show, now down to seven power-contestants, showed some flab as judges and host Tyra Banks verbally tap danced to fill two hours, even snuffing the fun out of lively dance-offs. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 10 Nov. 2020 As a personal trainer, one of the top complaints my clients have is excess weight and flab in the mid-section. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, 26 Dec. 2019 The British bank still has plenty of flab to attack, particularly in its European and investment-banking operations. Nisha Gopalan And Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2019 The houses are small, by the current standards of the Zip Code; most of them are an elegant twelve hundred square feet or so—no flab. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2019 Why some of us have sculpted, toned and visible muscles and some of us carry a little more flab depends on a lot of factors. Sarah Digiulio, NBC News, 5 Nov. 2019 The plan, launched as a dip in oil prices made Saudi Arabia's economic future look precarious, calls for Saudi Arabia to diversify its economy away from energy and cut the economic flab accumulated after living for decades on a diet of petrodollars. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of flab

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flab

back-formation from flabby

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“Flab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flab. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flab

: extra soft flesh on a person's body : excess body fat


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Kids Definition of flab

: excess body fat


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Medical Definition of flab

: soft flabby body tissue

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