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Example sentence:

He preferred people to call him __ instead of fat or heavy.

I thought of the word meaty. But I think I've never heard of a man being refereed to as "meaty" (Maybe I'm wrong?)

  • People are occasionally described as meaty meaning big, but in the sense of big with muscle (beefy is similar but more common) – Chris H Nov 17 '17 at 12:35
  • Does it need to contain the word "meat" or "flesh"? Your example sentence would lend itself to "well-built", but that doesn't meet the criteria in your title. – AndyT Nov 17 '17 at 14:29
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Just fleshy would do:

1b: marked by abundant flesh; especially: corpulent (MW.com)

Other definitions include plump and having a substantial amount of flesh

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  • But is that a euphemism? Would people prefer to be called "big","heavy" or "fleshy"? – Logophile Nov 17 '17 at 12:56
  • ‘Well fleshed’ is used as a gentle euphemism en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/well-fleshed – Spagirl Nov 17 '17 at 13:35
  • @Logophile I assumed that as it's not possible to meet the first two criteria in the title simultaneously, it was only necessary to meet one (otherwise the request could be for a euphemstic word/phrase). That said I think fleshy comes between fat (harsh) and heavy (slightly gentler). To me, fleshy implies a level of comfort, perhaps from the similarity to fleshpot, that isn't there with heavy or big – Chris H Nov 17 '17 at 14:55
  • I think more people are happy with "plump" being applied to them. It's generally regarded as pleasant. The French even have a word "molleux" which means "pleasantly plump". – Logophile Nov 17 '17 at 15:18
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    Yes. I know that's why you mentioned it in your answer but did not make it your main answer. – Logophile Nov 17 '17 at 15:23

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