Full can be mistaken for a description of a whole as opposed to a part.
For example:

"The [full] frog hopped back to its lily-pad."

Can be understood as:

"The frog [that had eaten recently and was no longer hungry] hopped back to its lily-pad."


"The frog [no longer a tadpole or other "pre-frog" stage] or [not a piece of the frog but the whole frog] hopped back to its lily-pad.

What is a way of saying someone or something is "full" without that possible misunderstanding?


One word you could use is “sated": ( from M-W)

  • having one's appetite completely satisfied:

    • the sated baby fell instantly to sleep.
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    That's the word .....Sometimes you're so hungry you feel like you could eat a ten-course meal. Other times it takes just a small salad to sate your appetite. – Misti Dec 9 '14 at 12:09
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    Is there any noticeable difference between using sated and satiated? – agweber Dec 9 '14 at 16:13
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    I think that "satiated" has a more "filling" feel to it. – Hot Licks Dec 9 '14 at 17:43
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    My gastronomic rapacity knows no satiety (sorry - had to). – Ben Dec 9 '14 at 21:02
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    I think "sate" and "sated" is probably more technically correct, but I never hear/see it used - normally people say "satisfy" and "satiated" instead. – Benubird Dec 10 '14 at 8:45

You could say that the frog is replete:-

Filled to satiation; gorged. [American Heritage Dictionary via The Free Dictionary]


having one's appetite completely or excessively satisfied by food and drink; stuffed; gorged; satiated [Collins English Dictionary via The Free Dictionary]

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  • You are not answering the question. The asker asked "The [xxx] frog hopped back to its lily-pad". Can you verify your answer by saying "The repleted frog hopped back to its lily-pad" ? I'm not wasting a downvote on your answer, though it deserves one. – Blessed Geek Dec 9 '14 at 11:42
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    @BlessedGeek, I'm not sure I understand your objection; one would say The replete frog.... – Brian Hooper Dec 9 '14 at 12:47
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    The synonyms "stuffed" and "gorged" given are also very good candidates for the original question. – Calvin Scherle Dec 9 '14 at 14:05
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    This sounds more than full to me. – Octopus Dec 10 '14 at 0:20
  • The stuffed frog... So many meanings! Taxidermy, incredibly tired, etc. The two best words from your answer are replete and sated / satiated. – CJ Dennis Dec 10 '14 at 2:51

You could say that the frog is satisfied, and let the user connect the frog's satisfaction to the meal you previously described: The satisfied frog hopped back to its lily pond.

You could use fully or totally satisfied to emphasise that the frog had eaten all that it desired.

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  • One could also use the word to say: Satisfied with his meal, the frog hopped back to its lily-pad. – IQAndreas Dec 11 '14 at 12:07
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    (Otherwise, satisfied could be a bit ambiguous as he may have just returned from an intense froggystyle lovemaking session) – IQAndreas Dec 11 '14 at 12:22

Another option is to re-word the sentence to avoid the misunderstanding.

"Engorged with flies, the frog hopped back onto its lily-pad".

Not speaking to the question, but I've always enjoyed the term 'frolicking bog-hopper' for frog.

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    If he can still hop, he's not very good at gorging himself. Also, moderate me to hell if you must, but plus one for frolicking bog-hopper. – msouth Dec 9 '14 at 21:47

I personally enjoy the slang:

Stuffed v 4. To cram with food

Although "The stuffed frog" wouldn't necessary sound the best here. Better in an application like "I am stuffed"

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This seems a more familiar to me than "sated":

Satiated: Verb (used with object), satiated, satiating.

1.to supply with anything to excess, so as to disgust or weary; surfeit.

2.to satisfy to the full; sate.


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As it's one of my favourite phrases, I'm honour-bound to share the following:

  • to have had an ample sufficiency.

In this case:

  • Having had an ample sufficiency, the frog hopped back to its lily-pad.
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    its, not it's! (SE won't let me edit that because the change is less than 6 characters...) – laszlok Dec 10 '14 at 15:55
  • Isn't there some redundancy in 'ample sufficiency'? – peterG Dec 11 '14 at 14:31

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