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phat

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[ fat ]
/ fæt /
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noun
Typesetting. fat (def. 23).
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Origin of phat

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By respelling

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Other definitions for phat (2 of 2)

phat2

adjective
Slang. great; wonderful; terrific.

Origin of phat

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1960–65, Americanism; respelling of fat
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What does phat mean?

Phat is a slang term that means great or superb, as in The upcoming artist dropped some phat beats on the new rap album. 

Phat can also be used to describe a person as very attractive, especially a woman who has shapely curves.

Example: My friend rides a phat car that looks amazing every time I see it.

Where does phat come from?

The first records of phat come from around 1960. It is an Americanism that comes from Black slang as a respelling of the word fat. The word fat can mean someone is rich (fat cat) or something is plentiful (a fat stack of dollar bills).

Phat comes from Black slang and has been commonly used within the hip-hop community. For example, it was used in the 1996 song “No Diggity” by Blackstreet and the 2000 song “Stan” by Eminem. Phat is no longer as common as it once was and is often used as a positive way to describe a curvaceous woman.

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How is phat used in real life?

Phat isn’t as common as it once was. It is often used as a positive term to describe curvaceous women.

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Is phat used correctly in the following sentence?

The athlete was looking phat with an ugly shirt and terrible fashion sense.

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British Dictionary definitions for phat

phat
/ (fæt) /

adjective
slang terrific; superb

Word Origin for phat

C20: from Black slang, a corruption of fat
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