heftier; heftiest
: quite heavy
: marked by bigness, bulk, and usually strength
a hefty football player
: impressively large : substantial
hefty portions
heftily adverb
heftiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Hefty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hefty. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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heftier; heftiest
heftily adverb
heftiness noun

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