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adjective, chest·i·er, chest·i·est.
  1. having a well-developed chest or bosom.
  2. proud; conceited.

Origin of chesty

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; chest + -y1
Related formschest·i·ly, adverbchest·i·ness, noun
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adjective chestier or chestiest informal
  1. British suffering from or symptomatic of chest diseasea chesty cough
  2. having a large well-developed chest or bosom
Derived Formschestiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chesty


"aggressively self-assured," 1898, American English slang, from chest (n.) in the body sense + -y (2). Of a woman, "bosomy, full-breasted," by 1955.

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