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hefty

[hef-tee] /ˈhɛf ti/
adjective, heftier, heftiest.
1.
heavy; weighty:
a hefty book.
2.
big and strong; powerful; muscular:
a hefty athlete.
3.
impressively large or substantial:
a hefty increase in salary.
Origin of hefty
1865-1870
1865-70; heft + -y1
Related forms
heftily, adverb
heftiness, noun
Synonyms
2. robust, husky, burly, stalwart.
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  • McCluire took this challenge calmly, and looked down and smiled at hefty's feet.

    Van Bibber and Others Richard Harding Davis
  • And with the wireless and rations we'll be carrying a hefty weight.

  • Sandy's somewhere outside, and he's got a hefty crowd at his heels.'

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • The hefty bodyguard must have been doing some easy living himself.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • So he began this historical picture, and engaged hefty Burke to pose as the knight and wear the armor.

    Van Bibber and Others Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for hefty

hefty

/ˈhɛftɪ/
adjective (informal) heftier, heftiest
1.
big and strong
2.
characterized by vigour or force: a hefty blow
3.
large, bulky, or heavy
4.
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
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for hefty

hefty

adjective

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

noun

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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