[ bar-uhl-ches-tid ]

  1. having a broad, prominent chest or thorax.

Origin of barrel-chested

First recorded in 1960–65

Words Nearby barrel-chested Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use barrel-chested in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for barrel-chested


  1. having a large rounded chest

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