• (obsolete) Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid.
  • Abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate.
  • Carrying more fat than usual on one's body; plump; not lean or thin.

    "The fattest pig should yield the most meat."

  • Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; said of food.
  • Rich; producing a large income; desirable.

    "a fat benefice;  a fat office;  a fat job"

  • Alternative form of phat
  • Carrying more fat than usual on one's body; plump; not lean or thin.

    "The fat man had trouble getting through the door."

  • Bountiful.
  • Fertile; productive.

    "a fat soil;  a fat pasture"

  • (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"

  • Thick.

    "The fat wallets of the men from the city brought joy to the peddlers."


  • (obsolete) A dry measure, generally equal to nine bushels.
  • (uncountable) A specialized animal tissue with a high oil content, used for long-term storage of energy.
  • (slang) An erection.

    ""I saw Daniel crack a fat.""

  • (dated, printing) Work containing much blank, or its equivalent, and therefore profitable to the compositor.
  • (obsolete) A large tub or vessel for water, wine, or other liquids; a cistern.
  • That part of an organization deemed wasteful.

    "We need to trim the fat in this company"

  • The best or richest productions; the best part.

    "to live on the fat of the land"

  • (countable) A refined substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat.
  • (golf) A poorly played shot where the ball is struck by the top part of the club head. (see also thin, shank, toe)


  • (intransitive, archaic) To become fat; to fatten.
  • (transitive, archaic) To make fat; to fatten.

    "kill the fatted calf"

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