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[flab] /flæb/
flabby flesh; unwanted fat:
Daily exercise will get rid of the flab around your waist.
the condition of being flabby:
Most of the new recruits had run to flab in civilian life.
Origin of flab
1920-25; back formation from flabby Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flab
  • Should the corset ever come off, the flab would burst out as if the corset had never been there at all.
  • Most reward people for having their vital signs tested and hitting goals such as lowering blood pressure or burning off flab.
  • What with the tourniquet of a tight bodice or the suffocating scaffolding bra beneath, all available flab is forced up.
  • He looks dissipated and well en route to middle-aged flab, which is sad indeed.
British Dictionary definitions for flab


unsightly or unwanted fat on the body; flabbiness
Word Origin
C20: back formation from flabby
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Word Origin and History for flab

"fat, flabbiness," 1951, back-formation from flabby.

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