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[ches-tee] /ˈtʃɛs ti/
adjective, chestier, chestiest.
having a well-developed chest or bosom.
proud; conceited.
Origin of chesty
1895-1900, Americanism; chest + -y1
Related forms
chestily, adverb
chestiness, noun Unabridged
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  • But it was dark and I was afoot, and if I was a trifle "chesty," there had suddenly come new colorings to my narrow world.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • But somehow I ain't so chesty about havin' dug up a relation.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • We didn't feel quite so chesty when Mr. Norton had finished talking to us.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill Charles Pierce Burton
  • So I don't have any chesty bulletin to hand Mr. Robert when I gets back.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Strangely, my people and I were in full agreement on standing up the chesty Finn, let the javelins fall where they may.

    Inside John Barth William W. Stuart
  • I never saw Skinny so chesty as he was over catching that bear.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill Charles Pierce Burton
  • It was only because those nations got too chesty, you remember, that the Vandals of old worried them.

    The College Freshman's Don't Book George Fullerton Evans
  • "That's chesty with him," announced Frank, as two figures were discovered coming toward them.

  • "Don't get too chesty, Hi," objected one of the outside dozen from the North Grammar.

British Dictionary definitions for chesty


adjective (informal) chestier, chestiest
(Brit) suffering from or symptomatic of chest disease: a chesty cough
having a large well-developed chest or bosom
Derived Forms
chestiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chesty

"aggressively self-assured," 1898, American English slang, from chest (n.) in the body sense + -y (2). Of a woman, "bosomy, full-breasted," by 1955.

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



  1. Having large breasts; bosomy: watching two chesty girls in tube tops (1950s+)
  2. Prone to boast about one's virility, boldness, etc: When you have money in the bank it will be time enough to get chesty (1899+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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