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[oh-bees] /oʊˈbis/
very fat or overweight; corpulent.
Origin of obese
1645-55; < Latin obēsus (past participle of obedere to eat away), equivalent to ob- ob- + ed(ere) to eat + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s
Related forms
obesely, adverb
obesity, obeseness, noun
overobese, adjective
overobesely, adverb
overobeseness, noun
superobese, adjective
unobese, adjective
unobesely, adverb
unobeseness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for obese
  • We have the highest percentage of overweight and obese patients in the industrialised world.
  • The only cure to being obese or overweight is will power.
  • Being overweight or obese increases the risks for unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • One insists that government must use its legislative power to slim down an increasingly obese nation.
  • She was morbidly obese and had great difficulty walking even at the slowest pace.
  • People drive less when they have less to do, hence are rendered obese by virtue of being jobless.
  • Other studies have suggested that cloned mice are much more likely to become obese in middle age.
  • The restaurants were full of obese people eating these double-sized portions.
  • Moderately obese people live two to five years less than normal-size folks.
  • To examine the long-term weight loss and safety of an experimental weight-loss drug in obese adults.
British Dictionary definitions for obese


excessively fat or fleshy; corpulent
Derived Forms
obesity, obeseness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin obēsus, from ob- (intensive) + edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for obese

1650s, back-formation from obesity and in part from Latin obesus "fat, stout, plump," past participle of obedere "that has eaten itself fat" (see obesity). According to OED, "Rare before 19th c." Related: Obeseness. Latin obesus was translated in Old English as oferfæt "overfat."

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obese in Medicine

obese o·bese (ō-bēs')
Extremely fat; very overweight.

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