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[hef-tee] /ˈhɛf ti/
adjective, heftier, heftiest.
heavy; weighty:
a hefty book.
big and strong; powerful; muscular:
a hefty athlete.
impressively large or substantial:
a hefty increase in salary.
Origin of hefty
1865-70; heft + -y1
Related forms
heftily, adverb
heftiness, noun
2. robust, husky, burly, stalwart. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hefty


adjective (informal) heftier, heftiest
big and strong
characterized by vigour or force: a hefty blow
large, bulky, or heavy
sizable; involving a large amount of money: a hefty bill, a hefty wage
Derived Forms
heftily, adverb
heftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hefty

1867, from heft + -y (2). Related: Heftiness.

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


  1. : a hefty matron over at the corner table
  2. Large; considerable: not only romance, but a hefty dose of fantasy these days

A stout or obese person: While other hefties count their calories, he counts the dollars (1871+)

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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