hefty

adjective
\ ˈhef-tē \
heftier; heftiest

Definition of hefty 

1 : quite heavy

2a : marked by bigness, bulk, and usually strength a hefty football player

b : powerful, mighty

c : impressively large : substantial hefty portions

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Other words from hefty

heftily \ˈhef-tə-lē \ adverb
heftiness \-tē-nəs \ noun

Examples of hefty in a Sentence

He was a tall, hefty man. Her boss gave her a hefty raise. a hefty dose of irony He gave the door a hefty kick.
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Trump angered Canada and Mexico by imposing hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the two countries, citing national security concerns. Heather Long, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump says he won’t sign any NAFTA deal until after midterms," 1 July 2018 Trump angered Canada and Mexico by imposing hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the two countries, citing national security concerns. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "Trump says he won't sign any NAFTA deal until after midterms," 1 July 2018 The United States also has quotas on sugar, meaning that only so much of it can enter before hefty tariffs kick in. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: There are ‘nuggets of truth’ to what Trump says about trade," 10 June 2018 At least two ships loaded with sorghum have changed course while sailing across the Indian Ocean after China imposed a hefty tariff on U.S. supplies this week The N Bonanza and RB Eden were loaded with sorghum at the port of Corpus Christi, Texas. Megan Durisin, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Grain Ships Change Direction Mid-Voyage After China Tariffs," 21 Apr. 2018 The United States and South Korea agree to revise a trade pact sharply criticised by U.S. President Donald Trump, with Korean steelmakers hit with quotas but avoiding hefty tariffs. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "South Korea to allow more U.S. autos, ship less steel as part of trade deal," 27 Mar. 2018 The clearest winners from global trade have been Germany, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, yet when Mr. Trump announced $60 billion of hefty tariffs on China on Thursday, their stock markets beat the S&P 500, in dollar terms. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "How to Lose Money Betting on a Trade War," 26 Mar. 2018 Earlier this week, the administration slapped hefty tariffs on solar panels from China and washing machines from South Korea, and President Trump is seeking to revamp trade deals with Canada and Mexico as well as South Korea. Don Lee, Philly.com, "With U.S. trade in mind, Trump administration talks down dollar to three-year low," 25 Jan. 2018 Last year's line-up of Apple handsets started at a hefty £699 ($908), rising to £1,149 ($1,493) for the top version of the swanky iPhone X model. Fox News, "Owning an Apple iPhone is the best way to prove you're rich - replacing mustard," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of hefty

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hefty was in 1863

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More Definitions for hefty

hefty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hefty

: large and heavy : big and strong

: very large

: very forceful

hefty

adjective
\ ˈhef-tē \
heftier; heftiest

Kids Definition of hefty

2 : very forceful He opened the door with a hefty shove.

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