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phat1

[fat] /fæt/
noun
1.
Typesetting. fat (def 23).
Origin
by respelling

phat2

adjective
1.
Slang. great; wonderful; terrific.
Origin
1960-65, Americanism; respelling of fat
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  • Or maybe an open flannel shirt, baggy jeans and some phat sneakers.
British Dictionary definitions for phat

phat

/fæt/
adjective
1.
(slang) terrific; superb
Word Origin
C20: from Black slang, a corruption of fat
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Word Origin and History for phat
adj.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for phat

phat

adjective
  1. Excellent; very good, pleasing, desirable: everything is phat
  2. Musically, describing a full, deep, and bassy sound originating from hip-hop
Related Terms

fat

[fr black slang; first sense originally used to describe a woman as ''sexy, attractive'']


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