adjective, beef·i·er, beef·i·est.

of or like beef.
brawny; thickset; heavy.

Origin of beefy

First recorded in 1735–45; beef + -y1
Related formsbeef·i·ly, adverbbeef·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He grinned at me like crazy, and the beefier one slapped me on the back.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • Once Bellows had played tackle on a football team and although he was beefier now he was still very strong.

British Dictionary definitions for beefier


adjective beefier or beefiest

like beef
informal muscular; brawny
informal fleshy; obese
Derived Formsbeefily, adverbbeefiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beefier



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

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