flabby flesh; unwanted fat: Daily exercise will get rid of the flab around your waist.
the condition of being flabby: Most of the new recruits had run to flab in civilian life.

Origin of flab

First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from flabby
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Examples from the Web for flab

Contemporary Examples of 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.

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    10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Fast

    Susan B. Roberts

    January 3, 2010

Historical Examples of flab

British Dictionary definitions for flab



unsightly or unwanted fat on the body; flabbiness

Word Origin for flab

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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