- to make fat.
- to feed (animals) abundantly before slaughter.
- to enrich: to fatten the soil; to fatten one's pocketbook.
- Poker.to increase the number of chips in (a pot).
- Pinochle.to play a card that scores high on (a trick) expected to be taken by a partner.
- to grow fat.
Origin of fatten
Examples from the Web for fattening
Put your most unflattering and fattening pictures up for all to see.An Economist's Guide to Dieting and Burning Calories
Richard B. McKenzie
December 31, 2011
We hear that President Obama and his people have been fattening their Kindles with downloaded FDR 100-day histories.Making the Stimulus Sexy
February 21, 2009
But, say, what was this proposition of yours about fattening the bank roll?Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
"It looks as though Lebigre were fattening him up for sale," she reflected.The Fat and the Thin
This is indicative of fattening, perhaps, beyond all other qualifications.Cattle and Their Diseases
"It is only the people you are fattening in the dungeon," said the wife.Favorite Fairy Tales
It is the most concentrated and fattening food to be bought.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
- to grow or cause to grow fat or fatter
- (tr) to cause (an animal or fowl) to become fat by feeding it
- (tr) to make fuller or richer
- (tr) to enrich (soil) by adding fertilizing agents
Word Origin and History for fattening
"that makes fat," 1690s, present participle adjective from fatten. Earlier word was fatting (1530s).