Open main menu


Alternative formsEdit


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪɡ.fæt/
  • (file)


big fat (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) Complete, utter, total.
    He's a big fat idiot.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Huge, colossal.
    It's a big fat honor.
    • 1918, Fannie Hurst, "A Petal on the Current" (collected in Humoresque, 1919), in Cosmopolitan, vol. 65, p. 42:
      I know a society who will pay you a big fat sum if you'll sign over them eyes for post-mortem laboratory work.
    • 1952, Walt Kelly, Pogo, 25 August 1952 strip:
      [Porkypine:] Why, it's a big fat honor... They'll speech at you an' feed you chicken foot stew an'...
      [Pogo:] But I don't like to listen to them speeches an' I don't care for chicken foots.
      [Porkypine:] If yo' public is gone give you honor, son, they isn't gone let yo' personal taste stand in the way.
    • 2019, Barney Ronay, Liverpool’s waves of red fury and recklessness end in joyous bedlam (in The Guardian, 8 May 2019)[1]
      As Jürgen Klopp took Sadio Mané in his arms and spun him like a beloved ballroom partner, there was a moment of sing-song communion with the Kop. They love these big fat emotional notes here.