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Slang. great; wonderful; terrific.
Origin of phat2
1960-65, Americanism; respelling of fat Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phater


(slang) terrific; superb
Word Origin
C20: from Black slang, a corruption of fat
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Word Origin and History for phater



hip-hop slang, "great, excellent," 1992, originating perhaps in the late 1980s and meaning at first "sexiness in a woman." The word itself is presumably a variant of fat (q.v.) in one of its slang senses, with the kind of off-beat spelling preferred in street slang (cf. boyz). The spelling is attested as far back as 1678, as an erroneous form of fat (a classical over-correction; see ph). This spelling is said by some to be an acronym, and supposed originals are offered: "pretty hot and tasty," or "pretty hips and thighs" among them, all unconvincing. These, too may have been innovations given as explanations to women who felt insulted by the word.

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Slang definitions & phrases for phater



  1. Excellent; very good, pleasing, desirable: everything is phat
  2. Musically, describing a full, deep, and bassy sound originating from hip-hop

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[fr black slang; first sense originally used to describe a woman as ''sexy, attractive'']

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