\ ˈhef-tē \
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 \ adverb
heftiness \ -​tē-​nəs \ 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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The Black Panther star then added a pair of silver disco heels by Stuart Weitzman that had a hefty platform and elegant straps. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong’o Matched Her Entire Outfit to Her Disco Ball Heels," 11 Jan. 2019 Despite its hefty price, the cream sold out in less than two hours, according to Daily Mail, and quickly racked up a waiting list of more than 800 people. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Why Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream Keeps Selling Out in Minutes," 27 Sep. 2018 That makes them among the first consumer GPUs capable of keeping up with Nvidia’s beastly new $2,000 4K G-Sync HDR monitors, the Acer Predator X27 and Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, without begging for mercy—albeit at a hefty price. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 Unlike her sisters, who seem to promote products more often on their Instagram pages, Kylie mostly sticks to posting about Kylie Cosmetics, maybe because no brand is willing to pay her hefty price. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner’s Instagram Posts Are Worth $1 Million," 26 July 2018 His tenor isn’t hefty, but its pointed, penetrating quality works just as well, even in this more heroic vein, and Mr. Nézet-Séguin made sure that the orchestra never drowned him out. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘La Traviata’ at the Met Review: Marvelous Musicality," 5 Dec. 2018 Carrying important cargo that is hefty enough to keep my versatile vessel from being able to take off, I’m left with two choices: flee or dump the ballast to turn and fight. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Those are two of the most prominent noise-canceling over-ear headphones, and Beyerdynamic is clearly picking a fight with them (rather than, say, Bowers & Wilkins’ PX, which is heftier and less compact). Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beyerdynamic’s new wireless headphones put the LED lights where they belong: on the inside," 31 Aug. 2018 The lid is hefty but lifts and lowers smoothly, and the grill's lift-and-slide ash drawer makes cleanup a snap. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Grills in America Reviewed," 3 Aug. 2017

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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 \
heftier; heftiest

Kids Definition of hefty

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

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