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  1. Typesetting. fat(def 23).
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Origin of phat1

by respelling


  1. Slang. great; wonderful; terrific.
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Origin of phat2

1960–65, Americanism; respelling of fat
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  • This satisfize me that phat iz only another name for virtew.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw

  • Faix, yer honor, it's phat I can't do yer'd better be axin'!

    The Young Trail Hunters

    Samuel Woodworth Cozzens

  • And phat, would I be givin' her that jaw-crackin' name fur, when her name's Juanita?

    The Young Trail Hunters

    Samuel Woodworth Cozzens

  • And if so be this foine lad chooses to coddle yees back to loife agin, phat business is it av ours?

  • Oi sez ter him, sez Oi, 'Phat do yez call the rock where the Pilgrims landed'?

British Dictionary definitions for phat


  1. slang terrific; superb
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Word Origin

C20: from Black slang, a corruption of fat
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Word Origin and History for phat


hip-hop slang, "great, excellent," 1992, originating perhaps in the late 1980s and meaning at first "sexiness in a woman." The word itself is presumably a variant of fat (q.v.) in one of its slang senses, with the kind of off-beat spelling preferred in street slang (cf. boyz). The spelling is attested as far back as 1678, as an erroneous form of fat (a classical over-correction; see ph). This spelling is said by some to be an acronym, and supposed originals are offered: "pretty hot and tasty," or "pretty hips and thighs" among them, all unconvincing. These, too may have been innovations given as explanations to women who felt insulted by the word.

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