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[bee-fee] /ˈbi fi/
adjective, beefier, beefiest.
of or like beef.
brawny; thickset; heavy.
Origin of beefy
First recorded in 1735-45; beef + -y1
Related forms
beefily, adverb
beefiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The trader thwacked his beefy hand down on Lennon's shoulder.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • He, and not the beefy brute or the intellectual paragon, would be Superman.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • For the outdoor girl has large hands and large arms, both of a beefy red.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • The roué, the puffed and beefy man of sensual type, was absent.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
  • Moreover, it is distinctively British—at once beefy and breezy.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
British Dictionary definitions for beefy


adjective beefier, beefiest
like beef
(informal) muscular; brawny
(informal) fleshy; obese
Derived Forms
beefily, adverb
beefiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beefy

"brawny," 1743, from beef (n.) in colloquial extended sense "human muscle" + -y (2). Related: Beefiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beefy



Heavy-set; strong; bulky: I tried to avoid the three beefy characters just ahead/ Reborn for a new calling, the beefy bikes came to be known as ''clunkers'' (mid-1700s+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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