\ ō-ˈbēs How to pronounce obese (audio) \

Definition of obese

: having excessive body fat

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providing medical treatment for obese patients the basset hound was so obese that its stomach touched the floor
Recent Examples on the Web While in generally robust health, Trump was obese, a powerful risk factor for developing a severe case of COVID-19. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 However, Brawley noted, the data are weaker for people who are obese but have lower BMIs. Matthew Herper, STAT, 8 June 2022 The film centers on a severely obese and reclusive teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Greene once tweeted that the coronavirus was not dangerous for people younger than 65 who were not obese and that vaccines should not be required. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2022 Bariatric surgery may help the growing share of the global population that is obese to avoid dangerous complications of a condition known as fatty-liver disease, according to a new study. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2021 Among people who died from COVID-19, 46% were obese and 27% were overweight. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 5 Nov. 2021 In late July, Greene was hit with a 12-hour ban after erroneously tweeting the coronavirus was not dangerous for young people who were not obese. Tommy Beer, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 50% more likely to be obese and 30% more likely to suffer from hypertension compared to white Americans. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, The Conversation, 27 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of obese

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obese

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").

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“Obese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obese. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ ō-ˈbēs How to pronounce obese (audio) \

Kids Definition of obese

: very fat

Other Words from obese

obesity \ ō-​ˈbē-​sə-​tē \ noun


\ ō-ˈbēs How to pronounce obese (audio) \

Medical Definition of obese

: having excessive body fat : affected by obesity

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