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[hef-tee] /ˈhɛf ti/
adjective, heftier, heftiest.
heavy; weighty:
a hefty book.
big and strong; powerful; muscular:
a hefty athlete.
impressively large or substantial:
a hefty increase in salary.
Origin of hefty
First recorded in 1865-70; heft + -y1
Related forms
heftily, adverb
heftiness, noun
2. robust, husky, burly, stalwart. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • McCluire took this challenge calmly, and looked down and smiled at hefty's feet.

    Van Bibber and Others Richard Harding Davis
  • The hefty bodyguard must have been doing some easy living himself.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Sandy's somewhere outside, and he's got a hefty crowd at his heels.'

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • And with the wireless and rations we'll be carrying a hefty weight.

  • So he began this historical picture, and engaged hefty Burke to pose as the knight and wear the armor.

    Van Bibber and Others Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for hefty


adjective (informal) heftier, heftiest
big and strong
characterized by vigour or force: a hefty blow
large, bulky, or heavy
sizable; involving a large amount of money: a hefty bill, a hefty wage
Derived Forms
heftily, adverb
heftiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hefty

1867, from heft + -y (2). Related: Heftiness.

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



  1. : a hefty matron over at the corner table
  2. Large; considerable: not only romance, but a hefty dose of fantasy these days


A stout or obese person: While other hefties count their calories, he counts the dollars (1871+)

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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