: having excessive body fat

Examples of obese in a Sentence

providing medical treatment for obese patients the basset hound was so obese that its stomach touched the floor
Recent Examples on the Web Being overweight or obese increases risk of death, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol, several types of cancers, coronary heart disease, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease and mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 The process of storing fat is accelerated and made more efficient by being sedentary, another common trait of the typical obese American. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 1 Feb. 2024 The study followed 22,000 overweight or obese adults on 14 of the most popular diets including the Atkins diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and the Mediterranean diet, for an average of six months. USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2024 But in its eagerness to prove that obesity isn’t a moral failure, Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution ends up reinforcing some of the troubling cultural attitudes that overweight and obese people still face in many walks of life. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 This is even more alarming with nearly 48% (37.1% men and 56.6% women) of Black Americans considered to be clinically obese compared to 32.6 percent of whites. Taayoo Murray, Essence, 17 Jan. 2024 The body measures 70 inches, weighs 216 pounds, and is normally developed, mildly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 31.0. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 15 Dec. 2023 Today, nearly three-quarters of the U.S. population is considered overweight, and more than forty per cent is considered obese. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2023 The associations were particularly pronounced for participants who were younger than 55, overweight or obese, or relatively sedentary. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Health, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from Latin obēsus "fat, stout," past participle of *obedere, perhaps meaning originally "to gnaw," from ob- "against" + edere "to eat" — more at ob-, eat entry 1

Note: Etymologically obēsus should mean "thin, emaciated," if the sense of the unattested verb *obedere was "to eat away, gnaw," as implied by its components. The Roman writer Aulus Gellius (Noctes Atticae 19.7.3) pointed this out and adduced a passage from the poet Laevius (who is known only from a handful of quotations from his works made by other authors), where the word apparently has the meaning "wasted." Presumably the word went reanalysis after the extinction of the verb. The grammarian Pompeius Festus construed the derivation phrasally as "made fat as if as a result of eating" ("pinguis quasi ob edendum factus").

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of obese was in 1651

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“Obese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obese. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: very fat

Medical Definition


: having excessive body fat : affected by obesity

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