Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


But all work calories are not alike because some men get fatter than others.

Its flesh is more delicate, fatter, and more juicy than that of ours.

Besides, he's fatter than Belloc and he's a damned jiggery-pokery Papist too!

These filthy animals got fatter and fatter, then they jumped onto the mattress and disappeared.

An enormous fellow he was, and fatter for his size than Dot Calliper was for hers.

Fatter and fuller now, perhaps; but it was done after an illness.

Bears were fatter and better to the palate than the most "savory" pigs in France.

He grew fatter and fatter and fatter until it seemed as if his skin must burst.

Ellis, fatter, somehow absurd in tropic whites, met him at the entrance.

He said it would spoil my figure, and I should look fuller and fatter.


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).