hefty

adjective
\ ˈhef-tē How to pronounce hefty (audio) \
heftier; heftiest

Definition of hefty

1 : quite heavy
2a : marked by bigness, bulk, and usually strength a hefty football player
c : impressively large : substantial hefty portions

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Other Words from hefty

heftily \ ˈhef-​tə-​lē How to pronounce hefty (audio) \ adverb
heftiness \ ˈhef-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce hefty (audio) \ noun

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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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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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hefty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hefty. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for hefty

hefty

adjective
How to pronounce hefty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hefty

: large and heavy : big and strong
: very large
: very forceful

hefty

adjective
\ ˈhef-tē How to pronounce hefty (audio) \
heftier; heftiest

Kids Definition of hefty

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

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