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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Historical Examples of beefy

  • The trader thwacked his beefy hand down on Lennon's shoulder.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • He, and not the beefy brute or the intellectual paragon, would be Superman.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

  • For the outdoor girl has large hands and large arms, both of a beefy red.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

  • The roué, the puffed and beefy man of sensual type, was absent.

    The Light of the Star

    Hamlin Garland

  • Moreover, it is distinctively British—at once beefy and breezy.

    Musical Criticisms

    Arthur Johnstone

British Dictionary definitions for beefy


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 beefy

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

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