fat; plump.

Origin of well-fed

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75
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Contemporary Examples of well-fed

Historical Examples of well-fed

  • The well-fed and well-rested dogs were harnessed to the sledge.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • (With some starvation, the records say,) Our well-fed Independence!

    Farm Ballads

    Will Carleton

  • The well-fed Gaskin, who formed one of the group, made a bob.

  • On their right and left pressed the men, an athletic, hearty, well-fed gang.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • What a feast the sharks must have had on his oily, well-fed carcass!

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise

British Dictionary definitions for well-fed


adjective (well fed when postpositive)

having a nutritious diet; well nourished
plump; fat
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