from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slang Excellent; first-rate: phat fashion; a phat rapper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. excellent
  • adj. sexy
  • adj. rich in texture, prominent


Earlier, sexy (said of a woman), of unknown origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The term derives from African American Vernacular English as a deliberate misspelling of the word fat. (Wiktionary)



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  • - adjective.
    1. Slang for excellent or first-rate.
    2. Slang. used as an acronym for Pretty Hot And Tempting.
    3. Phat was adopted in the late ‘80s to refer to rhythms or beats that people liked. They called them “fat” to describe their presence.
    It is also a deliberate misspelling of the word “fat.” For example, if someone called a woman “fat,” they could cover their mistake by telling her that they were referring to the word “phat” in order to prevent being slapped.
    The use of the word “phat” is now considered a faux pas.
    Snakesedrick: Son-Tec - Wrack is mastered finally. KICK ASS! Awesome, phat sound babe!

    July 14, 2010

  • In the version of the Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary that I have, phat is defined as "susceptible to rapid and easy typesetting".

    April 29, 2008

  • I always hear the word phat used when the synth gets real low and fat sounding. Ya all remember that Moog Synth. They have a new board out now called "Little Phatty"

    March 18, 2007