obese

[oh-bees]
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Origin of obese

1645–55; < Latin obēsus (past participle of obedere to eat away), equivalent to ob- ob- + ed(ere) to eat + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s
Related formso·bese·ly, adverbo·be·si·ty, o·bese·ness, nouno·ver·o·bese, adjectiveo·ver·o·bese·ly, adverbo·ver·o·bese·ness, nounsu·per·o·bese, adjectiveun·o·bese, adjectiveun·o·bese·ly, adverbun·o·bese·ness, noun
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obese

adjective
  1. excessively fat or fleshy; corpulent
Derived Formsobesity or obeseness, noun

Word Origin for obese

C17: from Latin obēsus, from ob- (intensive) + edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for obese
adj.

1650s, back-formation from obesity and in part from Latin obesus "fat, stout, plump," past participle of obedere "that has eaten itself fat" (see obesity). According to OED, "Rare before 19th c." Related: Obeseness. Latin obesus was translated in Old English as oferfæt "overfat."

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obese in Medicine

obese

[ō-bēs]
adj.
  1. Extremely fat; very overweight.
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