\ 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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The consoles and beefy PCs required to run modern games cost several hundred dollars. The Economist, "Video gaming enters the cloud," 15 June 2019 Recently, Ortiz teamed up with fellow beefy baseball greats Prince and Cecil Fielder for a very naked and very hilarious ad for Kingsford charcoal (Ortiz is known to enjoy a good lunch). Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why David Ortiz is beloved beyond baseball (and how he got the nickname Big Papi)," 10 June 2019 Corsair on Monday unveiled its beefy Force Series MP600 M.2 SSD with support for PCIe 4.0. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Corsair's MP600 SSD will feature PCIe 4.0 to support 5GBps transfers," 27 May 2019 Lenovo tried it way back in 2009 with its beefy W700ds, with a screen that slid out from behind the main screen. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with HP's Omen X 2S 15: The world's first dual-screen gaming laptop," 14 May 2019 The Humvee’s replacement, JLTV, is a beefy ride that's even larger than the Humvee. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Report Slams Military’s Humvee Replacement," 25 Feb. 2019 Toyota already offers the RAV4, the Highlander, and the 4Runner—before the real beefy SUVs muscle up the line with the Sequoia and the Land Cruiser. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "Toyota goes beyond boring and beige with the 2018 C-HR crossover," 4 Sep. 2018 These were not strapping American soldiers or beefy contractors from the suburbs. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Terrorists Killed 12 Nepalese Men. Was an American Military Contractor to Blame?," 15 June 2018 The ability to disperse the energy of a collision allows for less beefy trains that still protect occupants. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Will New Train Guidelines Improve Speeds? Not So Fast," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of beefy

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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