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[bar-uh l-ches-tid] /ˈbær əlˌtʃɛs tɪd/
having a broad, prominent chest or thorax.
Origin of barrel-chested
First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Distorted, humpbacked and barrel-chested, it scuttled on reed-thin legs to Goat's side.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • "Hello, Orville Potts," said another long-armed, barrel-chested attendant.

    A Thought For Tomorrow Robert E. Gilbert
  • One of them, barrel-chested and somewhat pompous in his manners, seemed to be a representative of the district attorneys office.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • Tee turned and saw a barrel-chested red-haired giant holding up a drink in the immemorial bar toast.

    Faithfully Yours Lou Tabakow
  • Lester gave her a hug, and it smelled of the old days and the old Lester, the giant, barrel-chested pre-fatkins Lester.


    Cory Doctorow
  • It was wielded by a red-haired, red-bearded, barrel-chested giant whose blue-green eyes were as cold as death.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • The Phantom pointed a finger at a tall, barrel-chested man at the end of the line.

British Dictionary definitions for barrel-chested


having a large rounded chest
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Contemporary definitions for barrel-chested

having an outwardly rounded chest, like a barrel side's 21st Century Lexicon
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