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Fatness \Fat"ness\, n.

  1. The quality or state of being fat, plump, or full-fed; corpulency; fullness of flesh.

    Their eyes stand out with fatness.
    --Ps. lxxiii. 7.

  2. Hence; Richness; fertility; fruitfulness.

    Rich in the fatness of her plenteous soil.

  3. That which makes fat or fertile.

    The clouds drop fatness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English fætnesse; see fat (adj.) + -ness.


n. The state of being fat


n. excess bodily weight; "she found fatness disgusting in herself as well as in others" [syn: fat, blubber, avoirdupois] [ant: leanness]


Fatness may refer to:

  • The identity of being Fat
  • Obesity, a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health
  • Property of a Fat object, in geometry, an object in two or more dimensions whose lengths in the different dimensions are similar

Usage examples of "fatness".

Heaven has given us the Mons Lactarius, where the salubrious air working together with the fatness of the soil has produced a herbage of extraordinary sweetness.

He had on slacks and a short-sleeved yellow jersey which somehow emphasised his shortness and his fatness and his age.

A utilitarian age requires the fatness of the ecclesiastical land, in order that it may be divided out into small portions of provender, on which necessary working clergymen may live,--into portions so infinitely small that working clergyman can hardly live.

One or two Cobdenite members of the British Parliament engaged in the useful task of proving that the cost of living in Vienna was on an exorbitant scale, flitted with restrained importance through a land whose fatness they had come to spy out.

Indeed, when Gazin the Juggler stood beneath one of those trees and called out laughingly to the birds above him, because their roundness and fatness amused him so, they responded with a downpouring of sticky spittle that brought howls of pain from him, and sent him rushing across the forest floor to plunge into the stream that ran through its middle.

Yet, for our part, these things which happen contrary to nature, and are said to be contrary to nature (as the apostle, speaking after the manner of men, says, that to graft the wild olive into the good olive, and to partake of its fatness, is contrary to nature), and are called monsters, phenomena, portents, prodigies, ought to demonstrate, portend, predict that God will bring to pass what He has foretold regarding the bodies of men, no difficulty preventing Him, no law of nature prescribing to Him His limit.

Her gallant, who was a gentleman about thirty, somewhat inclin'd to a fatness that was in no sort displeasing, improving the hint thus tendered him of this mode of enjoyment, after settling her well in this posture, and encouraging her with kisses and caresses to stand him through, drew out his affair ready erected, and whose extreme length, rather disproportion'd to its breadth, was the more surprizing, as that excess is not often the case with those of his corpulent habit.

Mingling their mumblings with his own mastications, thousands on thousands of sharks, swarming round the dead leviathan, smackingly feasted on its fatness.

The whole business of going to Mexico to do nothing but smoke dope was all part of the fatness thing.