bar·​rel-chest·​ed ˈber-əl-ˌche-stəd How to pronounce barrel-chested (audio)
: having a large rounded chest
a barrel-chested athlete

Examples of barrel-chested in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thick-boned, barrel-chested, a healthy Neanderthal male could lift an average NFL linebacker over his head and throw him through the goalposts. James Shreeve, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 When another officer arrived soon after — barrel-chested and thick-armed — the other cops chuckled at Ortiz’s confusion. Dugan Arnett,, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrel-chested was in 1845

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“Barrel-chested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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