\ ˈmē-tē How to pronounce meaty (audio) \
meatier; meatiest

Definition of meaty

1a : full of meat
b : having the character of meat
2 : rich especially in matter for thought : substantial actors looking for meaty roles

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meatiness noun

Examples of meaty in a Sentence

a meaty hunk of fish The mushrooms have a meaty texture. an athlete with meaty forearms an actor auditioning for a meaty role The meatiest part of the book is the historical background it gives.
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Hyena prints are splayed and meaty; African wild dog prints are squarish and tidy; baboon prints look like a small human hand with an extra palm. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 Biscuitville is most popular for breakfast, and rightfully so, as its stalwart, the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, puts other fast-food versions to shame with standout bacon that’s really meaty while boasting a truly homemade taste. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Biscuits are cooked every 15 minutes at regional fast-food chain Biscuitville," 14 June 2019 The blue catfish, Williams said, was heartier and meatier than catfish she was used to. Christina Tkacik, Washington Post, "As blue catfish multiply in Chesapeake Bay, watermen pursue new catch," 10 June 2019 In the pan the stems turn sweet and meaty as the florets crisp around the edges. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019 When cooked, eggplant's texture is unmistakably meaty. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I Made Carrot 'Bacon' and It Was Pretty Convincing," 4 Sep. 2018 Turn it into soup, cook rice in it, or add it to your sauces for a meaty flavor. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Bone Broth at Home, According to a Chef," 18 July 2018 Pennsylvanians, however, aren’t strangers to weird, meaty ice cream flavors. Nick Vadala,, "New Jersey's favorite breakfast meat, pork roll, is now an ice cream flavor," 2 May 2018 The broth adds a nice meaty flavor without weighing the drink down. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 5 Best Bloody Mary Mixes—and How Bartenders Doctor Them Up," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of meaty

circa 1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of meaty was circa 1787

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English Language Learners Definition of meaty

: of, relating to, or resembling meat
: having or including a large amount of meat
: large and heavy or thick with flesh or muscles

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