: 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 Roughly 20% of American children are considered obese, and 4% have hypertension that is linked to body mass. Rachael Zimlich, Bsn, Rn, Verywell Health, 10 July 2024 Among 618 obese or overweight patients who took other medications, only three had NAION. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 Certain gut bacteria may increase the risk that a person will binge eat and become obese, a new study suggests. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 28 June 2024 The country is the largest market for weight-loss medicines, both because of the scope of obesity — nearly three-quarters of adults are overweight or obese — and because US drug prices are higher than those elsewhere in the world. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for obese 

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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 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: very fat

Medical Definition


: having excessive body fat : affected by obesity

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