\ 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

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 The big announcement was the Apple Watch Ultra, which is a beefy version of Apple's wearable aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts. WIRED, 12 Sep. 2022 If historical trends in computing are any suggestion, odds are high that what now takes a beefy GPU will eventually be possible on a pocket smartphone. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 8 Sep. 2022 The beefy pitcher carefully climbed over the dugout rail to lead a charge to the mound after Andrew Vaughn was hit by a pitch that everyone in the ballpark knew was unintentional. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 The lefthander is far removed from his Cy Young days with the Astros, allowing a beefy 55 runs in 56 innings for three teams this year: the White Sox, Diamondbacks, and now Rangers. Julian Mcwilliams,, 2 Sep. 2022 There were beefy off-duty cops at the door and inside as well. Jann S. Wenner, Rolling Stone, 2 Sep. 2022 Ménochet — like Fassbinder, beefy and unshaven — chews the scenery (along with the soapy script), without entirely digesting either of them. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 The Steam Deck has a fairly beefy 5,313-mAh battery (for comparison, the Nintendo Switch has a 4,210-mAh cell), but that capacity is working against a library of games that simply weren’t designed or optimized for a portable handheld. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 7 Aug. 2022 Basting beefy burgers with Worcestershire sauce gives them even more depth of flavor. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beefy

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 Sep 2022

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“Beefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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