adjective, fat·ter, fat·test.
verb (used with or without object), fat·ted, fat·ting.
- an irrevocable action or chain of events has been started; the die is cast: Now that they have been given an ultimatum, the fat is in the fire.
- the decision, whether good or bad, has been made.
- the crisis is imminent.
Origin of fat
Synonyms for fat
Antonyms for fat
Related Words for fatterbulky, obese, inflated, bulging, hefty, large, chunky, big, heavy, meaty, plump, fatty, greasy, lucrative, gross, bull, solid, broad, lard, roly-poly
Examples from the Web for fatter
Contemporary Examples of fatter
This is, after all, exactly what obese people tell us—the more they diet, the fatter they get.Eating More Fat Could Save Your Life
December 13, 2013
Pandora, for her part, muses, “Fat itself was depressing, which made him fatter.”Weighty Matters: The Rise of Obesity in American Fiction
June 7, 2013
The fatter we get, the more we need to eat, and the less energy we will expend.New Evolution Diet: Eat Like a Caveman
January 4, 2011
But as she ate, her avatar slowly got fatter—retraining her brain's understanding of the effects of her habits.The Decade Google Made You Stupid
December 13, 2009
So why on earth would Mike decide to go back to being the slower, fatter, grumpier version of himself?Is Being 17 Really So Cool?
April 17, 2009
Historical Examples of fatter
But all work calories are not alike because some men get fatter than others.City of Endless Night
Its flesh is more delicate, fatter, and more juicy than that of ours.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Besides, he's fatter than Belloc and he's a damned jiggery-pokery Papist too!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
These filthy animals got fatter and fatter, then they jumped onto the mattress and disappeared.L'Assommoir
An enormous fellow he was, and fatter for his size than Dot Calliper was for hers.
- to argue over a point
- to talk idly; gossip
adjective fatter or fattest
verb fats, fatting or fatted
Word Origin for fat
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).
mid-14c.; see fat (v.). Figurative sense of "best or most rewarding part" is from 1560s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fat
- fat cat
- fat chance
- fat city
- fate worse than death, a
- fat farm
- fat is in the fire, the
- fat lot
- fat of the land, the
- chew the fat
- kill the fatted calf