\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Water pooled over the plate and dripped beefy brown wet streaks onto the crisp white table cloth. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 23 July 2021 But the burgers from Zack Fernandes, who runs the operation, are a reminder that a burger doesn’t have to be an excessive, beefy bacchanalia to be good. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 The Cardinal hope to improve up front with beefy DT Dalyn Wade-Perry and Booker at defensive end. oregonlive, 20 July 2021 Yangban Society will serve a version of a Chicago-style Italian roast beef sandwich—with a cup of beefy daikon broth on the side. WSJ, 15 July 2021 That will give you time to build a complex, beefy-roasty flavor. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2021 Harbour is a brutish, beefy goofball still longing for his glory days as the Red Guardian; Weisz is the brains, a coolly analytical scientist with her hair tucked into Heidi braids. Leah Greenblatt,, 29 June 2021 Part old-school taco, part Italian stuffed shells, this recipe is saucy, beefy, and cheesy. Laura Rege, Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2021 Meat left rare, says Kerth, doesn’t receive enough heat to break down its fatty acids to generate beefy flavors. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of beefy

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 Jul 2021

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“Beefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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