\ 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Such medical research invariably comes with a hefty price tag, which is why Ward and others are volunteering time to raise awareness about the brutal nature of the widespread illness. cleveland, "‘A Christmas Story’ actor returns to Cleveland to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s disease," 28 Dec. 2020 The town is in need of larger sewage lines to account for growth in the community, and the upgrade is expected to have a hefty price tag. Jessica Saggio|contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Pearl River adopts budget, police funding mostly restored," 17 Dec. 2020 But the effort was nixed because of the hefty price tag and concerns about environmental harm. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Delta dilemma: fishing or fresh water?," 10 Dec. 2020 But like everything else in the plan, that help would have a hefty price tag. Sonja Sharp Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California unveiled a blueprint for the future of early education. Critics say it’s built on shaky ground," 1 Dec. 2020 Reopening a restaurant after a temporary closure can come with a hefty price tag—between $10,000 and $20,000—he said, referring to restaurant businesses in general. Kristin Broughton And Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Wary of New Lockdowns, CFOs Stand Ready With Covid Contingency Plans," 27 Nov. 2020 Its sculpted design is supremely comfortable, with an ample thumb rest, a natural feeling slope over the top, and a hefty yet premium feel. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Still, voters must agree to fund the transit blueprint with a hefty, new sales tax — potentially as soon as 2022 — before regional planning officials can start laying track or building expensive new train stations. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Election shake-up in San Diego bodes well for envisioned $177 billion rail expansion," 12 Dec. 2020 Tenet made just $53 million in the U.S., which, under normal circumstances, would be regarded as a catastrophic return on Warner Bros.' unconfirmed but presumably hefty investment. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Christopher Nolan says he is 'thrilled' with Tenet box office," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of hefty

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jan 2021

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“Hefty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hefty. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce hefty (audio)

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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