\ō-ˈbēs \

Definition of obese 

: having excessive body fat

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Synonyms & Antonyms for obese


blubbery, chubby, corpulent, fat, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubby


lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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Examples of obese in a Sentence

providing medical treatment for obese patients the basset hound was so obese that its stomach touched the floor

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The researchers looked at the rate of overweight and obese babies at 1, 2 and 3 years of age. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Babies’ Sleep Linked to Lower Obesity Risks Years Later," 15 Oct. 2018 And being overweight or obese just makes dealing with fertility even more difficult. Sara Gaynes Levy, Glamour, "On Weight, Fertility, and What This Is Us Got Right—and Wrong," 2 Oct. 2018 Maybe, for instance, mom is obese and still smokes. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018 Forty-one percent of women ages 65 to 74 are obese and more than 60 percent of men and women in that age group have hypertension. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop giving so much money to your kids, and 8 more ways to afford retirement," 5 June 2018 Facing the decision of whether to accept an organ under a narrow time constraint, a prominent risk factor — say, if the patient was obese or had a history of alcohol abuse — may be enough to dissuade a surgeon from moving forward. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "Thousands of organs are lost before they can be donated. Here’s how to save them.," 23 Apr. 2018 Today, nearly 1 in 5 children between the ages of 6 and 19 is considered obese, a rate that’s more than tripled since the 1970s. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018 And 10 percent of the global population is considered obese, according the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Does daily fasting help with weight loss? About the 16:8 diet," 19 June 2018 One in three children here is considered obese, according to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, compared to one in five nationally, according to the CDC. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Is your kid a phone zombie this summer? Time to get them moving," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of obese

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obese

Latin obesus, from ob- against + esus, past participle of edere to eat — more at ob-, eat

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English Language Learners Definition of obese

: very fat : fat in a way that is unhealthy


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Kids Definition of obese

: very fat

Other Words from obese

obesity \ō-​ˈbē-​sə-​tē \ noun


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Medical Definition of obese 

: having excessive body fat : affected by obesity

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