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From Ancient Greek στέαρ, στέατος (stéar, stéatos, fat, tallow, suet) + πυγή (pugḗ, rump) + -ous; literally “fat-ass” .


  • IPA(key): /stiːəˈtɒpɪɡəs/


steatopygous (comparative more steatopygous, superlative most steatopygous)

  1. Pertaining to steatopygia; having fat or prominent buttocks.
    • 1855, Sir Richard Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Meccah, Dover 1964, p. 59:
      Living in rooms opposite these slave girls, and seeing them at all hours of the day and night, I had frequent opportunities of studying them. They were average specimens of the steatopygous Abyssinian breed, broad-shouldered, thin-flanked, fine-limbed, and with haunches of prodigious size.
    • 1963, Anthony Burgess, Inside Mr. Enderby:
      Perhaps, he now felt, if this body he held could become – just for twenty or thirty seconds – one of those harem dreams of his, pampered, pouting, perfumed, steatopygous, he could, he was sure, achieve what it was a plain duty, apart from all questions of gratification, to achieve.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 341:
      At his side, Amuta and a steatopygous twelve-year-old in a striped shift.


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