fatness

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfætnɪs/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(fatnis)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
fat•ness  (fatnis),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the state or condition of being fat;
    obesity;
    corpulence.
  2. richness;
    fertility;
    abundance:the fatness of the land.
  • Middle English fatnesse, Old English fǣtnes. See fat, -ness bef. 1000

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
fat /fæt/USA pronunciation   n., adj.,  fat•ter, fat•test. 
n. 
  1. Anatomyan oily substance found in certain animal tissue and plant seeds, and used in cooking and in the manufacture of soaps and other products: [uncountable]His diet was too rich in fat.[countable]Different fats are used in the preparation of this cooking oil.
  2. Anatomy animal tissue containing much of this substance:[uncountable]to have rolls of fat around one's waist.
  3. the richest or best part of anything:[uncountable]the fat of the land.

adj. 
  1. having too much fat;
    corpulent:a fat person.
  2. plump;
    well-fed:a fat chicken.
  3. made up of or containing fat;
    greasy;
    oily;
    fatty:fat meat.
  4. profitable;
    providing a lot of money;
    lucrative:a fat job in government.
Idioms
  1. fat chance, a very slight chance;
    small probability:A fat chance we have of getting a raise!
  2. Idiomsthe fat is in the fire, something has been done or started that cannot be reversed and will probably have dramatic or serious consequences:Now that the enemy has begun its invasion, the fat is in the fire.

fat•ness, n. [uncountable]]
    fat is a noun and an adjective, fatness is a noun, fatten is a verb:The meat has too much fat in it. You're too fat; you need to go on a diet. Unfortunately, fatness is bad for your health. The farmer wanted to fatten his pigs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
fat  (fat),USA pronunciation adj.,  fat•ter, fat•test, n., v.,  fat•ted, fat•ting. 
adj. 
  1. having too much flabby tissue;
    corpulent;
    obese:a fat person.
  2. plump;
    well-fed:a good, fat chicken.
  3. consisting of or containing fat;
    greasy;
    oily:fat gravy; fat meat.
  4. profitable, as an office:a fat job on the city commission.
  5. affording good opportunities, esp. for gain:a fat business contract.
  6. wealthy;
    prosperous;
    rich:He grew fat on dishonest profits.
  7. big, broad, or extended;
    thick:a fat sheaf of bills.
  8. plentiful;
    abundant:a fat supply of food.
  9. plentifully supplied:a fat larder; a fat feast.
  10. dull;
    stupid:fat clumsiness of manner.
  11. abounding in a particular element:Fat pine is rich in resin.
  12. (of paint) having more oil than pigment. Cf. lean2 (def. 6).
  13. Mining(of coal) highly bituminous;
    rich in volatile hydrocarbons.
  14. Ceramicslong1 (def. 25).
  15. fertile, as land:Everything grows in this fat soil.
  16. a fat chance, [Slang.]a very slight chance;
    small probability:A fat chance he has of winning the title!
  17. Slang Termsa fat lot, little or not at all:A fat lot they care about anyone else's troubles!

n. 
  1. Anatomyany 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 fatty acids;
    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.
  2. Anatomyanimal tissue containing much of this substance;
    loose flesh;
    flabbiness:to have rolls of fat around one's waist.
  3. the richest or best part of anything.
  4. obesity;
    corpulence:In his later years, he inclined to fat.
  5. Slang Termsespecially profitable or advantageous work.
  6. an overabundance or excess;
    superfluity.
  7. action or lines in a dramatic part that permit an actor to display abilities.
  8. PrintingAlso,  phat. Also called  lift. [Typesetting.]matter that can be composed easily and profitably, esp. from standing type, illustrations, or the like:fat work.Cf. lean2 (def. 11).
  9. Idiomschew the fat. See  chew (def. 9).
  10. Idiomsthe fat is in the fire: 
    • an irrevocable action or chain of events has been started;
      the die is cast:Now that they have been given an ultimatum, the fat is in the fire.
    • the decision, whether good or bad, has been made.
    • the crisis is imminent.
  11. Idiomsthe fat of the land, the best or richest of anything obtainable:to live on the fat of the land.

v.t., v.i. 
  1. to make or become fat.
fatless, adj. 
fatlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English fǣtt, origin, originally past participle of fǣtan to cram, load, adorn; cognate with Gothic fētjan to adorn; akin to vat
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged portly, adipose, pudgy. See  stout. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unctuous, fatty.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lucrative, remunerative.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged copious.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sluggish.
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rich, fruitful, productive.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged thin.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lean.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged clever.
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sterile, barren.

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