see also: FAT
Pronunciation Adjective

fat (comparative fatter, superlative fattest)

  1. Carrying more fat than usual on one's body; plump; not lean or thin.
    • 1932, New Orleans (La.) Board of Health, Vox Sanitatis
      While Hennessey is pouring the milk, the fat guy with the big pot-belly, will come over and write a lot of junk in his little book.
    • 2014, Isabel Quintero, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, Cinco Puntos Press (ISBN 9781935955962), page 46:
      Because, really, who would like the fat girl? Sebastian said I was crazy for thinking that.
    The fat man had trouble getting through the door.
    The fattest pig should yield the most meat.
  2. Thick.
    The fat wallets of the men from the city brought joy to the peddlers.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  3. Bountiful.
  4. Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich (said of food).
  5. (obsolete) Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid.
    • making our western wits fat and mean
    • Bible, Book of Isaiah vi. 10
      Make the heart of this people fat.
  6. Fertile; productive.
    a fat soil;  a fat pasture
  7. Rich; producing a large income; desirable.
    a fat benefice;  a fat office;  a fat job
    • now parson of Troston, a fat living in Suffolk
  8. Abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate.
    • persons grown fat and wealthy by long impostures
  9. (dated, printing) Of a character which enables the compositor to make large wages; said of matter containing blank, cuts, or many leads, etc.
    a fat take;  a fat page
  10. Alternative form of phat
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fat (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) A specialized animal tissue with a high oil content, used for long-term storage of energy.
  2. (countable) A refined substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat.
  3. That part of an organization deemed wasteful.
    We need to trim the fat in this company
  4. (slang) An erection.
    I saw Daniel crack a fat.
  5. (golf) A poorly played shot where the ball is struck by the top part of the club head. (see also thin, shank, toe)
  6. The best or richest productions; the best part.
    to live on the fat of the land
  7. (dated, printing) Work containing much blank, or its equivalent, and therefore profitable to the compositor.
  8. (informal) A fat person.
    • 1996, Roger Stone, "Local Swing Fever", highlighted by National Enquirer in September 1996 and Daily Mail in January 2019 ↗
      Prefer military, bodybuilders, jocks. No smokers or fats please.
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  • Italian: ramo secco

fat (fats, present participle fatting; past and past participle fatted)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To make fat; to fatten.
    kill the fatted calf
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To become fat; to fatten.
Translations Noun

fat (plural fats)

  1. (obsolete) A large tub or vessel for water, wine, or other liquids; a cistern.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Joel 2:24 ↗:
      And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, page 429:
      In 1431 New College purchases brewing vessels, under the names of a mash fat, for 6s. 10d., a wort fat for 2s., a 'Gilleding' tub for 2s. 6d., and two tunning barrels at 8d. each, a leaden boiler for 24s., another for 12s., and a great copper beer pot for 13s. 4d.
  2. (obsolete) A dry measure, generally equal to nine bushels.
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (computing) Acronym of w:File Allocation Table
  2. (genetics, protein) Any of a series of genes and their equivalent proteins that are associated with cell proliferation

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