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

First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from flabby
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Related Words for flab

flesh, grease, lard, bluff, hood, shade, flab, blindfold, surplus, overabundance, plethora, paunch, fatness, bulk, superfluity, tallow, corpulence, blubber, obesity, overflow

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British Dictionary definitions for flab


  1. unsightly or unwanted fat on the body; flabbiness
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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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