(used with a plural verb) cattle fattened and ready for market.
adjective, fatter, fattest.
having too much flabby tissue; corpulent; obese:
a fat person.
a good, fat chicken.
consisting of or containing fat; greasy; oily:
fat gravy; fat meat.
profitable, as an office:
a fat job on the city commission.
affording good opportunities, especially for gain:
a fat business contract.
wealthy; prosperous; rich:
He grew fat on dishonest profits.
big, broad, or extended; thick:
a fat sheaf of bills.
a fat supply of food.
a fat larder; a fat feast.
fat clumsiness of manner.
abounding in a particular element:
Fat pine is rich in resin.
(of paint) having more oil than pigment.
Compare 2 (def 6).
(of coal) highly bituminous; rich in volatile hydrocarbons.
Ceramics. 1 (def 25).
fertile, as land:
Everything grows in this fat soil.
any of several white or yellowish greasy substances, forming the chief part of adipose tissue of animals and also occurring in plants, that when pure are colorless, odorless, and tasteless and are either solid or liquid esters of glycerol with ; fats are insoluble in water or cold alcohol but soluble in ether, chloroform, or benzene: used in the manufacture of soap, paints, and other protective coatings and in cooking.
animal tissue containing much of this substance; loose flesh; flabbiness:
to have rolls of fat around one’s waist.
the richest or best part of anything.
In his later years, he inclined to fat.
Slang. especially profitable or advantageous work.
an overabundance or excess; superfluity.
action or lines in a dramatic part that permit an actor to display abilities.
Also, phat. Also called lift. Typesetting. matter that can be composed easily and profitably, especially from standing type, illustrations, or the like:
Compare 2 (def 11).
verb (used with or without object), fatted, fatting.
to make or become fat.
a fat chance, Slang. a very slight chance; small probability:
A fat chance he has of winning the title!
a fat lot, Slang. little or not at all:
A fat lot they care about anyone else’s troubles!
chew the fat. (def 11).
the fat is in the fire,
the fat of the land, the best or richest of anything obtainable:
to live on the fat of the land.
[wol-er, waw-ler] /ˈwɒl ər, ˈwɔ lər/
Edmund, 1607–87, English poet.
Thomas (“Fats”) 1904–43, U.S. jazz pianist and songwriter.
[dom-uh-noh] /ˈdɒm əˌnoʊ/
Antoine (“Fats”) born 1928, U.S. rhythm-and-blues pianist, singer, and composer.
Edmund. 1606–87, English poet and politician, famous for his poem “Go, Lovely Rose”
Fats, real name Thomas Waller. 1904–43, US jazz pianist and singer
noun (pl) -noes
a small rectangular block used in dominoes, divided on one side into two equal areas, each of which is either blank or marked with from one to six dots
(modifier) exhibiting the domino effect: a domino pattern of takeovers
noun (pl) -noes, -nos
a large hooded cloak worn with an eye mask at a masquerade
the eye mask worn with such a cloak
Fats. real name Antoine Domino born 1928, US rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll pianist, singer, and songwriter. His singles include “Ain’t that a Shame” (1955) and “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
any of a class of naturally occurring soft greasy solids that are esters of glycerol and certain fatty acids. They are present in some plants and in the adipose tissue of animals, forming a reserve energy source, and are used in making soap and paint and in the food industry See also oil (sense 1)
vegetable or animal tissue containing fat related adjectives adipose lipoid stearic
corpulence, obesity, or plumpness
the best or richest part of something
a part in a play that gives an actor a good opportunity to show his talents
(slang) chew the fat
the fat is in the fire, an irrevocable action has been taken, esp one from which dire consequences are expected
the fat of the land, the best that is obtainable
adjective fatter, fattest
having much or too much flesh or fat
consisting of or containing fat; greasy: fat pork
profitable; lucrative: a fat year
affording great opportunities: a fat part in the play
fertile or productive: a fat land
thick, broad, or extended: a fat log of wood
having a high content of a particular material or ingredient, such as resin in wood or oil in paint
plentifully supplied: a fat larder
(slang) empty; stupid: get this into your fat head
(slang) very little or none; minimal (in phrases such as a fat chance, a fat lot of good, etc)
verb fats, fatting, fatted
to make or become fat; fatten
Old English fætt “fat, fatted, plump, obese,” originally a contracted past participle of fættian “to cram, stuff,” from Proto-Germanic *faitaz “fat” (cf. Old Frisian fatt, Old Norse feitr, Dutch vet, German feist), from PIE *poid- “to abound in water, milk, fat, etc.” (cf. Greek piduein “to gush forth”), from root *peie- “to be fat, swell” (cf. Sanskrit payate “swells, exuberates,” pituh “juice, sap, resin;” Lithuanian pienas “milk;” Greek pion “fat, wealthy;” Latin pinguis “fat”).
Teen slang meaning “attractive, up to date” (also later phat) is attested from 1951. Fat cat “privileged and rich person” is from 1928; fat chance “no chance at all” attested from 1906. Fathead is from 1842; fat-witted is from 1590s; fatso is first recorded 1944. Expression the fat is in the fire originally meant “the plan has failed” (1560s).
mid-14c.; see fat (v.). Figurative sense of “best or most rewarding part” is from 1560s.
1801, from French domino (1771), perhaps (on comparison of the black tiles of the game) from the meaning “hood with a cloak worn by canons or priests” (1690s), from Latin dominus “lord, master” (see domain), but the connection is not clear. Klein thinks it might be directly from dominus, “because he who has first disposed his pieces becomes ‘the master.’ ” Metaphoric use in geopolitics is from April 1954, first used by U.S. President Eisenhower in a “New York Times” piece, in reference to what happens when you set up a row of dominos and knock the first one down.
Any of a large number of oily compounds that are widely found in plant and animal tissues and serve mainly as a reserve source of energy. In mammals, fat, or adipose tissue, is deposited beneath the skin and around the internal organs, where it also protects and insulates against heat loss. Fat is a necessary, efficient source of energy. An ounce of fat contains more than twice as much stored energy as does an ounce of protein or carbohydrates and is digested more slowly, resulting in the sensation of satiety after eating. It also enhances the taste, aroma, and texture of food. Fats are made chiefly of triglycerides, each molecule of which contains three fatty acids. Dietary fat supplies humans with essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Fat also regulates cholesterol metabolism and is a precursor of prostaglandins. See more at saturated fat, unsaturated fat.
Organic compounds that serve as a reserve of energy for the body. Fat is stored in the body’s fat tissues, which provide support, protection, and insulation for the body and its organs. A balanced diet must include some fats because, in addition to providing energy for the body, they are necessary for the absorption of certain vitamins.
Note: Many people consume too much fat in their diet; this imbalance can contribute to various diseases (such as disorders of the heart). Some fats, called saturated fats, have been found to raise the level of cholesterol in the blood, whereas other fats, called unsaturated fats, may help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
(Variations: Fat or Fatty or Fatso or Fat stuff)A nickname for a fat person (1940s+)
big fat, chew the fat
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(Heb. heleb) denotes the richest part of the animal, or the fattest of the flock, in the account of Abel’s sacrifice (Gen. 4:4). It sometimes denotes the best of any production (Gen. 45:18; Num. 18:12; Ps. 81:16; 147:47). The fat of sacrifices was to be burned (Lev. 3:9-11; 4:8; 7:3; 8:25; Num. 18:17. Comp. Ex. 29:13-22; Lev. 3:3-5). It is used figuratively for a dull, stupid state of mind (Ps 17:10). In Joel 2:24 the word is equivalent to “vat,” a vessel. The hebrew word here thus rendered is elsewhere rendered “wine-fat” and “press-fat” (Hag. 2:16; Isa. 63:2).
[faht-shahn] /ˈfɑtˈʃɑn/ noun 1. Older Spelling. . /ˈfɑːtˈʃɑːn/ noun 1. a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Foshan
/fætsˈhɛdərə/ noun 1. an evergreen garden shrub with shiny green leaves and umbels of pale green flowers; a bigeneric hybrid between Fatsia japonica moseri and Hedera hibernica: family Araliaceae
[fat-see-uh] /ˈfæt si ə/ noun 1. a shrub or small tree, Fatsia japonica, of the ginseng family, having large, glossy, palmately compound leaves and often grown as a houseplant. /ˈfætsɪə/ noun 1. any shrub of the araliaceous genus Fatsia, esp F. japonica, with large deeply palmate leaves and umbels of white flowers
[fat-soh] /ˈfæt soʊ/ noun, plural fatsos, fatsoes. Informal: Disparaging and Offensive. 1. a fat person (used as a term of address). /ˈfætsəʊ/ noun (pl) -sos, -soes 1. (slang) a fat person: used as an insulting or disparaging term of address adjective Fat, in any sense: a fatso deal in six figures (1940s+)
- Fat-soluble vitamin
fat-soluble vitamin n. Any of various vitamins soluble in fats or fat solvents.