[bar-uh l-ches-tid]


having a broad, prominent chest or thorax.

Origin of barrel-chested

First recorded in 1960–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barrel-chested

Historical Examples of barrel-chested

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for barrel-chested



having a large rounded chest
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