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[fat-n] /ˈfæt n/
verb (used with object)
to make fat.
to feed (animals) abundantly before slaughter.
to enrich:
to fatten the soil; to fatten one's pocketbook.
  1. Poker. to increase the number of chips in (a pot).
  2. Pinochle. to play a card that scores high on (a trick) expected to be taken by a partner.
verb (used without object)
to grow fat.
Origin of fatten
First recorded in 1545-55; fat + -en1
Related forms
fattenable, adjective
fattener, noun
overfatten, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • Certainly there was no visible grass, but buckbrush can hardly be fattening.

  • It is the most concentrated and fattening food to be bought.

  • "He's been fattening up on Flying U calves," remarked Chip, his foot upon the brake.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Jake said he might as well take the wagon and haul to market the pig he had been fattening.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • I feel ashamed of fattening on the common purse when all the other boys are working, but writing seems for me next to impossible.

  • "It looks as though Lebigre were fattening him up for sale," she reflected.

  • Some of those who engaged in fattening geese were very successful and made large profits.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • This is indicative of fattening, perhaps, beyond all other qualifications.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
British Dictionary definitions for fattening


to grow or cause to grow fat or fatter
(transitive) to cause (an animal or fowl) to become fat by feeding it
(transitive) to make fuller or richer
(transitive) to enrich (soil) by adding fertilizing agents
Derived Forms
fattenable, adjective
fattener, noun
fattening, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fattening

"that makes fat," 1690s, present participle adjective from fatten. Earlier word was fatting (1530s).



1550s, from fat + -en (1). Related: Fattened. The earlier verb was simply fat (Old English fættian "to become fat, fatten"); e.g. fatted calf.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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