\ 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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Scientists seeking to edit people’s genes will need permission from the national health ministry, the government department proposed Tuesday, outlining hefty fines for those who fail to comply. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "Beijing Designs New Rules After Gene-Edited Baby Fiasco," 27 Feb. 2019 Many travel credit cards with hefty annual fees (in the $450 to $550 range) offer lounge access as a perk. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to score luxury travel for less," 29 Oct. 2018 Robotics spending is forecast to equal $90 billion in 2018, according to researcher International Data Corp., with a hefty chunk of that investment aimed at industrial or manufacturing uses. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Humans Are Winning the Battle With Robots," 1 Nov. 2018 But a hefty chunk of them are often low-wage jobs in Amazon warehouses, where people pull products off shelves and pack them into boxes for shipment to customers. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Self-driving cars will destroy a lot of jobs—they’ll also create a lot," 24 Aug. 2018 Those competitors include former banking executive Bob Stefanowski, former hedge fund manager David Stemerman, and tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik, with Stefanowski and Stemerman self-funding a hefty chunk of their campaigns. Li Zhou, Vox, "The Connecticut governor’s race, a rare 2018 opening for Republicans, explained," 13 Aug. 2018 When residents look at their tax bills, school taxes are a hefty chunk, candidates said. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Tax rates, school funding top issues for Grapevine-Colleyville school board candidates | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Apr. 2018 While the raise for Seattle teachers may appear hefty, neighboring districts have agreed to even higher salary bumps. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Teachers in 3 Southwest Washington districts reach tentative deals that may avert strikes," 3 Sep. 2018 For the hefty sum of $600 million, the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were theirs. James Wagner, New York Times, "Telemundo Has a Big Goal: Win the World Cup," 23 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 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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