[fat] adj fat.ter ; fat.test [ME, fr. OE faett, pp. of faetan to cram; akin to OHG feizit fat] (bef. 12c) 1: notable for having an unusual amount of fat: a: plump b: obese c of a meat animal: fattened for market d of food: oily, greasy
2. a: well filled out: thick, big "a ~ book" b: full in tone and quality: rich "a gorgeous ~ bass voice --Irish Digest" c: well stocked "a ~ larder" d: prosperous, wealthy "grew ~ on the war --Time" e: being substantial and impressive "a ~ bank account" 3 a: richly rewarding or profitable "a ~ part in a movie" "a ~ contract" b: practically nonexistent "a ~ chance"
4: productive, fertile "a ~ year for crops"
5: stupid, foolish
6: being swollen "got a ~ lip from the fight"
7. of a baseball pitch: easy to hit -- fat.ness n
fat vt fat.ted ; fat.ting (bef. 12c): to make fat: fatten fat n (14c) 1: animal tissue consisting chiefly of cells distended with greasy or oily matter
2. a: oily or greasy matter making up the bulk of adipose tissue and often abundant in seeds b: any of numerous compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are glycerides of fatty acids, are the chief constituents of plant and animal fat, are a major class of energy-rich food, and are soluble in organic solvents but not in water c: a solid or semisolid fat as distinguished from an oil
3: the best or richest part
5: something in excess: superfluity "trim the ~ from the news operation --Ray Olson" -- fat.less adj