\ ˈbē-fē How to pronounce beefy (audio) \
beefier; beefiest

Definition of beefy

1a : heavily and powerfully built a beefy thug
b : substantial, sturdy beefy shock absorbers
2a : of or suggesting beef a beefy flavor
b : full of beef a beefy steak

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Examples of beefy in a Sentence

The new truck has a beefier construction than the old model. a beefy man who worked in a warehouse all his life
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First Known Use of beefy

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Beefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beefy

: large, strong, and often fat
US : strongly built
chiefly US : of or relating to beef

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