adjective, chest·i·er, chest·i·est.

having a well-developed chest or bosom.
proud; conceited.

Origin of chesty

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; chest + -y1
Related formschest·i·ly, adverbchest·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chesty

Contemporary Examples of chesty

  • A lot of Virginians will recognize his last name from Chesty Puller, who was the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

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Historical Examples of chesty

British Dictionary definitions for chesty


adjective chestier or chestiest informal

British suffering from or symptomatic of chest diseasea chesty cough
having a large well-developed chest or bosom
Derived Formschestiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chesty

"aggressively self-assured," 1898, American English slang, from chest (n.) in the body sense + -y (2). Of a woman, "bosomy, full-breasted," by 1955.

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