Word Origin very fat or overweight; corpulent. Origin of obese 1645–55;
(past participle of
to eat away), equivalent to
past participle suffix, with
s Related forms o·bese·ly, adverb o·be·si·ty, o·bese·ness, noun o·ver·o·bese, adjective o·ver·o·bese·ly, adverb o·ver·o·bese·ness, noun su·per·o·bese, adjective un·o·bese, adjective un·o·bese·ly, adverb un·o·bese·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for obesely excessively fat or fleshy; corpulent Derived Forms obesity 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 obesely 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 (ō-bēs ′) Extremely fat; very overweight.
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