\ 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 heftily (audio) \ adverb
heftiness \ -​tē-​nəs How to pronounce heftiness (audio) \ 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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Each motor will have 493hp (368kW) and 314lb-ft (425Nm), giving the car a hefty 1,971hp (1,470kW) and 1,254lb-ft (1,700Nm). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The first all-new Lotus in years will be a 1,971hp electric car," 16 July 2019 Plus, the bad guy got caught and was given a hefty sentence. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The True-Crime Writer in Cellblock B4," 16 July 2019 Aramco, the Saudi Arabian titan of oil, is seeking a stunning $2 trillion valuation, but its hefty price tag may be hard to get in the current market. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "These Major IPOs are Still Slated to Debut in 2019," 15 July 2019 Then, the model gave it a punky twist with hefty Dr. Martens boots, while a mini top-handle bag and tiny sunglasses rounded off the look with an on-trend touch. Vogue, "Irina Shayk Is the Ultimate Fenty Girl," 15 July 2019 Those are some pretty hefty, unlikely to be broadly adopted workarounds, though. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Everything you need to know about the invisible e-mail tool that tracks you," 3 July 2019 And while the price tags for Middleton and Lopez were hefty and important for the Bucks, the lack of additional investment doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Pacers Land Near-Perfect Fit With Malcolm Brogdon Trade," 30 June 2019 The difference can be hefty for last-minute travel. USA TODAY, "Rethinking a Dominican Republic vacation? Airlines are waiving change fees in wake of tourist deaths," 26 June 2019 While the skull fragment and bones vaguely resembled those of modern humans, the brow was too robust, and the bones were too hefty. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Ancient DNA reveals new twists in Neanderthal migration," 26 June 2019

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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 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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