\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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Rates start at $34 for first-timers, a hefty but not all too surprising price given the average cost of an on-land class ($20 and up) and the price to purchase a paddle board (Aqua Vida’s boards each cost around $1,000). Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "I tried, and enjoyed, Philly paddle board yoga over the dirty Delaware River," 22 June 2018 Pyongyang is pushing for a gradual denuclearization in any deal with the U.S., while Washington is seeking a heftier, upfront commitment by the North before offering sanctions relief. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Tensions Over Defectors, Military Exercises Hang Over Korean Talks," 1 June 2018 Inside, the hefty spa menu offers treatments like a Geothermal Wellness Package, which includes a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage and Stonecrop Hydration Facial. Ali Van Houten, Sunset, "12 Luxury Spa Resorts Worth the Splurge," 22 Jan. 2018 Taxes on the sale of land, in contrast, are hefty, which is one reason for the failure to consolidate landholdings. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 The transfer fee alone is hefty enough, but Ronaldo has also signed a contract at the Bianconeri worth an eye-watering €30m per year. SI.com, "Journalist Reveals the Reason Why Man Utd Opted Against Re-Signing Cristiano Ronaldo," 11 July 2018 The lapses potentially exposed sensitive medical information, left patients at risk for identity theft and could lead to hefty fines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Thousands of patients' data stolen after Children's Mercy employees fall for scam," 3 July 2018 Williams said personal pet owners should not try to use their own dogs to shoo away the water fowl, as injuring a bird can result in a hefty fine. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fox Valley Park District calls in the dogs to control goose population," 27 June 2018 Roper still marvels that a giant squid was able to spare him a hefty fine. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 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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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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