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Definition of obese

: having excessive body fat

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 In 2005, a CDC and National Cancer Institute research team reported that overall, people who were overweight but not obese had slightly lower mortality rates than people whose weight qualified as normal. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, 29 July 2021 In two tweets posted Sunday and Monday, Greene said that the coronavirus wasn't dangerous for people under the age of 65 who are not obese, and said vaccines should not be required. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 That said, there are many who are not obese that are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, without any apparent risk factors. Robert Glatter, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Do the overweight in the richest countries get to jump the queue — or just the seriously obese? Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 Given current trends, nearly 1 in 2 American adults will be obese by 2030, according to a 2019 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 4 June 2021 The Times’ Rosanna Xia reports on alarming new research finding that granddaughters of women exposed to DDT are more likely to be obese and start menstruating before age 11, putting them at greater risk of breast cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Obese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obese. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of obese

: very fat : fat in a way that is unhealthy


\ 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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