\ 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

Other Words from hefty

heftily \ ˈhef-​tə-​lē How to pronounce hefty (audio) \ adverb
heftiness \ ˈhef-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce hefty (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Green Bay should be motivated to clean things up against a divisional rival on Monday Night Football, but laying 11.5 points with the club is too hefty of a price. Alex Kay, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The nation’s capital is known for issuing hefty fines for parking and traffic infractions, but many of those go unpaid each year as the city has few mechanisms to ensure offenders face consequences. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 Businesses that do not comply with the rule could face hefty fines. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 The law, which dates to the 1980s and was amended in 2019, requires local agencies to give priority to affordable housing builders when disposing of their excess land — or risk hefty fines. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 Australia has also announced plans to crack down on online advertisers targeting children by making social media platforms seek parental consent for users younger than 16 years old or face hefty fines. Nick Perry, ajc, 8 Dec. 2021 The conflicts board routinely takes public disciplinary actions against public servants, including hefty fines and other measures. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 Package thefts also carry hefty fines ranging from $4,000 to $10,000. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 Maclean runs with this information and charges the Tejadas $1 million — a hefty price tag even for a drug queenpin like Monet. Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of hefty

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2022

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“Hefty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hefty. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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