fat chance

fat chance
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fat chans, chahns]
    • /fæt tʃæns, tʃɑns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fat chans, chahns]
    • /fæt tʃæns, tʃɑns/

Definitions of fat chance words

  • adjective fat chance having too much flabby tissue; corpulent; obese: a fat person. 1
  • adjective fat chance plump; well-fed: a good, fat chicken. 1
  • adjective fat chance consisting of or containing fat; greasy; oily: fat gravy; fat meat. 1
  • adjective fat chance profitable, as an office: a fat job on the city commission. 1
  • adjective fat chance affording good opportunities, especially for gain: a fat business contract. 1
  • adjective fat chance wealthy; prosperous; rich: He grew fat on dishonest profits. 1

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Origin of fat chance

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fǣtt, orig. past participle of fǣtan to cram, load, adorn; cognate with Gothic fētjan to adorn; akin to vat

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Parts of speech for Fat chance


fat chance popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fat chance

noun fat chance

  • impossible — not possible; unable to be, exist, happen, etc.
  • unthinkable — inconceivable; unimaginable: the unthinkable size of the universe.
  • no way — refusal

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