\ 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 heftily (audio) \ adverb
heftiness \ -​tē-​nəs How to pronounce heftiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hefty


heavy, massive, ponderous, weighty


light, weightless

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hefty

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


\ 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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