Origin of flab
First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from flabby
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Examples from the Web for flab
The flab that you actually want to lose is fat, and that will only come off to the extent that you cut calories from what you eat.10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Fast
Susan B. Roberts
January 3, 2010
He's as brown as a gipsy and not an ounce of flab about him.Pearl of Pearl Island
Flabby, flab′i, adj. easily moved: soft, yielding: hanging loose.
- unsightly or unwanted fat on the body; flabbiness
C20: back formation from flabby
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Word Origin and History for flab
"fat, flabbiness," 1951, back-formation from flabby.
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