\ ˈbē-fē \
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 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 Mild redness is normal, but any swelling or beefy red skin may signify infection or a poor reaction. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 Most users who would be drawn to an external enclosure want a beefier GPU than this, and a lot of them want upgradeability. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Blackmagic external GPU review: A very Apple graphics solution," 30 Aug. 2018 The story, considered the oldest in human history, follows the beefy god-king Gilgamesh and his hirsute friend Enkidu on various moronic trials of strength through forbidding landscapes stalked by monsters. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 For perspective, 68030 processor is beefy enough to have no problem playing the classics, such as Lode Runner and Shufflepuck Cafe. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 Alienware’s beefy gaming laptops have never been known to be thin, but that’s about to change. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with Alienware m15: The thinnest 15-inch Alienware laptop ever made," 4 Oct. 2018 Size isn’t the only thing to admire — the loco moco’s housemade gravy was like beefy pan sauce at a high-end restaurant, and the fried rice impressed with bacon, char siu pork and Portuguese sausage. Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 2018 The Instagram table is occupied by a group of beefy men taking pictures of big steaks. Devra First,, "Your 20-ounce prime chateaubriand is ready for its closeup," 7 June 2018

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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

: strongly built

: of or relating to beef

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