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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fat/phat beats (=music that sounds good)
▪ Check out these fat beats.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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 (compare 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.


a. 1 (context slang English) excellent 2 (context slang English) sexy 3 (context slang music English) rich in texture, prominent


Phat may refer to:

  • Phat Wilson (1895–1970), a Canadian amateur ice hockey forward who played for the Port Arthur Bearcats
  • Huỳnh Tấn Phát (1913–1989), a South Vietnamese politician and revolutionary
  • Phat (comics), a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe
  • Phat (card game), a variant of the game All-Fours
  • Phat Farm, a designer clothing company
  • Phat Duke, Canning's description of Richard, first duke of Buckingham and Chandos
  • Phat, a slang term for "cool" or "awesome"
See also
  • Fat
Phat (comics)

Phat (William Robert "Billy-Bob" Reilly) is an openly gay fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Universe. He was created by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred in X-Force vol. 1 #117 (2001). Phat's mutant power is the ability to expand the fat deposits in his body, making his body larger and fatter.

Phat (card game)

Phat is an English trick-taking partnership card game derived from the 17th century game of All Fours. It is not considered a stand-alone game, but instead a variation of this one. It is quite similar to Don, shortened from Pedro Dom, the name applied to the Five of trumps from the game Pedro, but with the game score resembling the 9-card Don variation, played in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Usage examples of "phat".

Whin they come to sarch the sailor to see phat he had in his pockets, they found three long hairs round the third button av his top-coat.

It was the great day thin, for they do say all the witches brought their rayports at thim saysons fur to show him phat they done.

She was a fine young lady giont, about tin feet high, as broad as a cassel dure, but she was good size for Finn, as ye know be phat I said av him.

One of the first models we used in the Baby Phat ads was my friend Devon Aoki, who also got her big break with Karl Lagerfeld.

Did you know that several presidents of departments at Phat Farm started as interns back in the day?

They knew Phat Farm well, they immediately got what Baby Phat was about, and they became our loyal fans.

It was when I appeared for the first time as the face of Baby Phat in the print ads.

When a huge manufacturing group bought all of our brands, Baby Phat was a very big part of the negotiations because of the tight associations between my name and my face and the actual products.

And of course, a huge pile of Baby Phat jeans, denim minis, and tank tops as the foundation of each look!

I launched the Baby Phat sneaker, I put a naked photograph of myself fifty-feet high above Times Square.

I printed that mug shot on thirty white tank tops and had the models wear them for the finale of my Spring 2005 Baby Phat fashion show.

Lee Simmons is the president and creative director of Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons, a lifestyle brand for the glamorous woman who is all things hip-hop and everything fashion.

I got a phat stoopid notion on the way out that I want to run past you.

Unlikely that Jimmy would accidently twist the ring, but Chase locked in the third twist because a three-motion seal was phat impossible to unlock by accident and because, by God, you did the job right or not at all.

You saw it all the time here, every minute of the day, checking out the competition: What was a girl wearing, how many piercings, real gold or plate, too much glitter, were her braids phat or coming loose, was she draped or wearing a simple hoop or two, are those real extensions or fake?