heavy·​set | \ ˌhe-vē-ˈset How to pronounce heavyset (audio) \

Definition of heavyset

: stocky and compact and sometimes tending to stoutness in build

Examples of heavyset in a Sentence

has the heavyset build of a weight lifter
Recent Examples on the Web Police said they were told the attacker was a heavyset dark-skinned man with a neon vest and a gray sweatshirt. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 During one of these closures, a Marine corporal saw a heavyset man in his late 20s pinned against a retaining wall, screaming. Mirzahussain Sadid, ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2022 York, meanwhile, can be seen on video dragging Greene by his ankle shackles and leaving the heavyset 49-year-old face down with his hands and feet restrained for more than nine minutes. Jim Mustian, ajc, 14 Dec. 2021 The female suspect is described as a White, heavyset female adult with long either brown or blonde hair and an unknown tattoo on her upper left arm. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2021 The man told police that the suspect was a heavyset man in his 20s with a beard who drove a gray Nissan Sentra. cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 The man who attacked the 32-year-old with a knife was said to be heavyset and wearing a blue, black and white jacket. Mariah Rush, chicagotribune.com, 21 Sep. 2021 The man is described as being 20 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-3 and heavyset. oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2021 In a faux Russian fashion show, a heavyset woman struts on a runway, modeling the same shapeless dress for day wear, evening wear (accessorized with a flashlight) and swimwear (with a beach ball). New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of heavyset

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heavyset was in 1859

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16 Apr 2022

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“Heavyset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavyset. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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