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Language: Old English
Origin: fætt

fat

1 adjective
     
fat1 S2 W3 comparative fatter, superlative fattest
1

flesh

weighing too much because you have too much flesh on your body [≠ thin]:
Are you suggesting I'm too fat?
a short fat man in his early fifties
You'll get fat if you eat all that chocolate.
He looks much fatter than in his photo.
2

object

thick or wide [≠ thin]:
Dobbs was smoking a fat cigar.
a big fat book
3

money

[only before noun] informal containing or worth a large amount of money:
Of course the supermarkets' aim is to make fat profits.
4

fat chance

informal used to say that something is very unlikely to happen
fat chance of
'You can go to bed now and sleep easy.' 'Fat chance of that!'
5

(a) fat lot of good/use

spoken not at all useful or helpful:
Fat lot of use you are in the kitchen.
6

fat cat

informal someone who has too much money, especially someone who is paid too much for their job - used in order to show disapproval:
the fat cats at the top who have recently been given obscene pay increases
7

in fat city

American English old-fashioned having plenty of money
8

grow fat on something

to become rich because of something used to show disapproval:
The finance men had grown fat on managing other people's money.
9

a fat lip

informal a lip that is swollen because it has been hit:
My friend was badly injured with bruised ribs and a fat lip.
10

approval

informal another spelling of phat; used to show approval, especially of someone or something that is fashionable, interesting, or attractive
fat/phat beats (=music that sounds good)
Check out these fat beats.
fatness noun [uncountable]
a rise in fatness in children
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

fat, overweight, obese, chubby, plump, big, well-built
In general, people do not like to be called fat. But some ways to say 'fat' are less rude than others.fat is a very direct word. You might use it about yourself but it will usually cause offence if you use it about someone else I'm so fat at the moment!overweight is a more polite way to say that someone is fatter than they usually are or than they should be She is a little overweight.obese is a word used especially by doctors to describe people who are very fat, in a way that is bad for their health.chubby is a more informal word and is used especially of children or of rounded body parts such as cheeks or knees.plump means fat and rounded in a pleasant way a plump, motherly womanbig and well-built are fairly polite ways to describe someone with a large, strong, or fat body For big men like him, air travel can be uncomfortable.

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