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[bee-fee] /ˈbi fi/
adjective, beefier, beefiest.
of or like beef.
brawny; thickset; heavy.
Origin of beefy
1735-45; beef + -y1
Related forms
beefily, adverb
beefiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beefy
  • From behind her, a beefy brute with a scar on his cheek clamps a meaty hand over her mouth.
  • Universities are replete not only with beefy football players, but with the kinds of people who can help protect our blind sides.
  • The pylons looked quite beefy at about thirty by eighty measuring horizontally at ground.
  • Big and beefy, this luscious cut of meat definitely has a celebratory presence.
  • In this equally beefy recipe, the spice plays a much different role.
  • Essentially, it required adding several beefy braces.
  • For many of us, beefy power handling equates to house shaking sound.
  • His hair sprays off in all directions, defeating his every attempt to smooth it into shape with his beefy hand.
British Dictionary definitions for beefy


adjective beefier, beefiest
like beef
(informal) muscular; brawny
(informal) fleshy; obese
Derived Forms
beefily, adverb
beefiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beefy

"brawny," 1743, from beef (n.) in colloquial extended sense "human muscle" + -y (2). Related: Beefiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beefy



Heavy-set; strong; bulky: I tried to avoid the three beefy characters just ahead/ Reborn for a new calling, the beefy bikes came to be known as ''clunkers'' (mid-1700s+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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