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American English: /fæt/
British English: /fat/

Translation of fat in Spanish:

adjective -tt-

  • 1 1.1 (obese)
    to get/grow fat to grow fat on something
    enriquecerse con algo
    it ain't (all) over till the fat lady sings
    el partido no se acaba hasta el silbato final
    Example sentences
    • The link between the daily traffic jams outside schools and the bored, fat teenagers in the people carriers seemed to escape the members of the obesity taskforce.
    • I ate 20 nuggets and a chicken sandwich meal and Rob kept on throwing things at me and calling me a fat pig.
    • She was sitting between a fat man who wheezed a lot and a woman who definitely overdid the perfume.
    (British English)
    que tiene mucha grasa
    1.3 (fattened)
    de engorde
    Example sentences
    • While fat cow and bull prices are still weak, feeder cattle prices are strong.
    • The market re-opened for the sale of fat cattle and sheep.
    • The limit of his agrarian radicalism was a demand, conceded by the British, for the removal of differential between Irish fat cattle and animals fattened in Britain.
    1.4 (thick)
    a fat wad of dollar bills
    un grueso fajo de dólares
    Example sentences
    • Eventually he would come up, sit down, then carefully roll himself a fat, untidy cigarette, spilling some tobacco in the process.
    • Yet the questions remain: Are clean lungs and a fatter wallet worth my sanity?
    • In order to attend you need not just a fat wallet but the right connections.
  • 2 2.1 (lucrative) the fat years
    los años de las vacas gordas
    2.2 (large)
    muy alto
    a fat check
    un cheque por mucho dinero
    they made a fat profit
    sacaron pingües ganancias
    hicieron mucho dinero
    2.3 (very little) [colloquial] [ironic]a fat chance you've got of winning!
    ¡muchas posibilidades tienes tú de ganar! [irónico]
    a fat lot of good that'll do!
    ¡para lo que va a servir!
    a fat lot you know about it!
    ¡no tienes la más mínima idea!
    Example sentences
    • He is not the first person to be sacked for missing targets and to walk out with a fat cheque, but what the bankers really disliked was the cut of his jib.
    • For the rest, entering the entertainment world means having a colourful lifestyle, fat monetary rewards and an enviable social status.
    • While they are buying well-known brand names and waiting for prestige and fat profits to result, they tend to forget the major difference between home and abroad.
    Example sentences
    • There is a similarly fat chance of us accepting the other unquestioned assumptions underpinning misanthropic doom-mongering about health.
    • I gave up - there wasn't a fat lot of difference anyway.
    • Maybe the cause is so great or maybe the suffering is so intolerable that the ends justify any means - fat chance, but maybe.


  • 1.1 uncountable and countable animal/vegetable fat
    grasa animal/vegetal
    this cheese contains 30% fat
    este queso contiene un 30% de materia grasa
    a fat free diet
    una dieta sin grasas
    the fat is in the fire
    se va a armar la gorda [colloquial]
    to chew the fat [colloquial]
    estar de palique (Spain) [colloquial]
    to live off the fat of the land [pejorative]
    vivir de (las) rentas
    1.2 uncountable (on person) to run to fat
    Example sentences
    • The changes are expected to enable the method to provide accurate readings that are unaffected by skin color or body fat.
    • Not much hair, we don't hibernate, and only in the age of super-sizing have we learned to put on a truly impressive layer of body fat.
    • This outer layer of body fat provides insulation from low temperatures.
    Example sentences
    • People who carry more weight around their waistlines are at greater health risks than individuals who carry their excess fat in the hips and thighs.
    • He was six foot one, and he never went to fat the way a lot of other policemen did.
    • These supplements should be mainstays for any guy looking to add bulk while keeping off fat.

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