hefty

adjective
\ 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

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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 To put the developing world’s billions back on the path to rich-world incomes will take heroic efforts by governments, firms and workers around the world—and a hefty dose of luck. The Economist, "Emerging-market dreams of rich-world incomes meet reality," 1 Aug. 2019 He's also attracted a hefty dose of negative headlines even before assuming office. NBC News, "Boris Johnson will be Britain's next prime minister," 23 July 2019 What’s evolved is something leading-edge and lush, a tribute to his Italian roots with a hefty dose of American ingenuity. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Many are here, like myself, who had to leave to gain insight and skills and are now better equipped to handle the hefty and nuanced work alongside a few fine folks who’ve been here all along. al, "Reckon Women Q&A: Virginia Newcomb," 28 Aug. 2019 The tomato is an heirloom variety known for being hefty in size with yellow skin and flesh marbled with red streaks. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corn and tomatoes: The local sweet season has started," 9 Aug. 2019 The tables have thick white tablecloths and hefty cutlery, and the wait staff is courteous and attentive. Coco Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, "Dal Mare in Beverly Farms offers a classic night out," 7 Aug. 2019 Kasper is closing in on smaller planets, just slightly heftier than Earth, using a VLT instrument called VISIR (for VLT Imager and Spectrometer for Mid-Infrared), which was rebuilt and rebranded as NEAR (for Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region). Corey S. Powell, Scientific American, "The Hunt Is on for Alpha Centauri’s Planets," 5 Aug. 2019 The price tag may seem hefty, but demand for her portraits is exploding among D.C.-area pet owners: Eriksdotter’s wait list is six months long. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This woman quit her job to paint deceased pets. Now, there’s a six-month wait for her works.," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of hefty

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of hefty was in 1863

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hefty

adjective
How to pronounce hefty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hefty

: large and heavy : big and strong
: very large
: very forceful

hefty

adjective
\ 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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