fat cat

fat cat
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fat kat]
    • /fæt kæt/
    • /fæt kæt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fat kat]
    • /fæt kæt/

Definitions of fat cat words

  • noun fat cat a wealthy person from whom large political campaign contributions are expected. 1
  • noun fat cat any wealthy person, especially one who has become rich quickly through questionable dealings. 1
  • noun fat cat an important, influential, or famous person. 1
  • noun fat cat a person who has become lazy or self-satisfied as the result of privilege or advantage. 1
  • countable noun fat cat If you refer to a businessman or politician as a fat cat, you are indicating that you disapprove of the way they use their wealth and power. 0
  • noun fat cat a very wealthy or influential person 0

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Origin of fat cat

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30

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Parts of speech for Fat cat


fat cat popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 50% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fat cat usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fat cat

noun fat cat

  • baron — A baron is a man who is a member of the lowest rank of the nobility.
  • big shot — A big shot is an important and powerful person in a group or organization.
  • deep pocket — extensive financial resources; great wealth
  • magnate — a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise, field of business, etc.: a railroad magnate.
  • tycoon — a person of great wealth, influence, or power; magnate: a business tycoon; a political tycoon.

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