Definition of beefy in English:

beefy

adjectivebeefiest, beefier

  • 1informal Muscular or robust.

    ‘he shrugged his beefy shoulders’
    • ‘A 28-to 44-year-old, beefy, shaved head, easygoing buddy for inspiration!’
    • ‘The man then leaned over and tapped the jock on a beefy shoulder.’
    • ‘I felt like twisting my arm away from him, but his grip was so strong for a guy who was not that beefy.’
    • ‘She at first calmly asked him to stop, but when he persisted, two beefy security guards threw him out.’
    • ‘They both were beefy and middle aged with the sort of forgettable, flabby face so characteristic of law enforcement.’
    • ‘He's a handsome guy, beefy and apparently well built, though it's tough to tell when he's wearing jeans and a t-shirt.’
    • ‘It wasn't until Sophia felt a heavy hand on her shoulder and Keeran got the same beefy hand grabbing his muscular shoulder that they broke apart.’
    • ‘And then he finds an actor who seems to purposefully carry the weight and fate of the world on his broad, beefy shoulders.’
    • ‘‘Right away, honey,’ said the man, swinging a white towel over one beefy shoulder.’
    • ‘Fortunately for me, the rugby and football players were beefy and strong; they held their ground, and for that, I was immensely glad.’
    • ‘The young soldier's competitor was a big burly man with beefy arms and legs the size of tree trunks, while the young duelist was small and scrawny - barely half the big man's size.’
    • ‘"I went to my GP and was referred to Tameside Hospital, but they just said: ‘You're a beefy lad, there's nothing to worry about’.’
    • ‘And if this is a trendsetter, our action sequences are not going to have beefy people flexing their muscles or lean and steely acrobats performing somersaults anymore.’
    • ‘The monster had four huge arms (two on each side of its body), and two strong beefy legs.’
    • ‘He grinned, revealing a mouthful of rotted and missing teeth, and slung a beefy arm over her shoulder.’
    • ‘At 6am the following morning - inconveniently before chow was served - a beefy Chicano guard approached my cell.’
    • ‘Sam, with his muscles, only had to take off his t-shirt to be tapped on the shoulder by a beefy Dutchman on holiday.’
    • ‘A strange man came up the gaming table and put a beefy hand on James's shoulder.’
    • ‘She had already extracted two of her bags, and all that was left was her small box shaped one with everything she held precious inside, by the time Chris had come back, with two men behind him, they were strong, beefy men.’
    • ‘Two beefy secret service agents guard the door.’
    muscular, brawny, hefty, burly, strapping, well built, thickset, solid, strong, powerful, heavy, robust, sturdy, stocky
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    1. 1.1 Large and impressively powerful.
      ‘the beefy 1960s British amplifier’
      • ‘Kayak-surfing lessons, demos, clinics, and races off Nags Head, North Carolina - where the breakers are beefy and the water is warm.’
      • ‘These, especially in this length, are beefy skis.’
      • ‘I suppose, in the end, I was a little disappointed, not because each of these wasn't a big, beefy concept with a positively gargantuan hinterland of potential consequences.’
      • ‘So, seemingly trying to solve this, the new LP goes for all out, technicolour sound - big, beefy bass, super-precise funk beats and plenty of shimmering keyboards.’
      • ‘The silkscreen prints command a beefy price, but the book's meat is the bleak, brilliant comic at its centre.’
      • ‘Note that this bike is plenty tough, too; the frame, with its beefy head-tube gussets, should shrug off impacts from between-class curb hops.’
      • ‘It also consumes all of your computer's memory (And I've run it on a very beefy computer) so it's basically useless unless I can strip it down slightly.’
      • ‘But there was no shortage of beefy tackles and hefty challenges in the long standing tradition of Scottish football.’
      • ‘Everything she does both in her work and private life is strong and beefy.’
      • ‘South African rugby prides itself on its physical approach to the game and has encountered few problems churning out beefy, powerful packs capable of bullying any opposition up-front.’
      • ‘The city will reverberate to the sounds of beefy engines in April when the very first National Power Festival takes place at the Grand Prix Circuit from April 9 to 11.’
      • ‘She makes a striking entrance in riding boots, looking every inch the aristocrat, but her emotional range is altogether too slender for this beefy role.’
      fat, fattish, obese, overweight, plump, portly, stout, chubby, paunchy, beer-bellied, thickset, hefty, heavy, heavyset, burly, bulky, chunky, well padded, well covered, well upholstered, meaty, fleshy, rotund, round, well rounded, broad, broad in the beam, of ample proportions, big, large, gargantuan, elephantine
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  • 2Tasting like beef.

    • ‘I was glad when he left them because I was a vegetarian and didn't wish to partake of any beefy, meaty nonsense.’
    • ‘A good texture and quite strong on the seasonings but not hugely beefy.’
    • ‘Tasting the peppers, I was impressed by its nice chew and beefy flavour.’
    • ‘It tastes beefy in every respect: fleshy, brawny and intense.’
    • ‘The beefy main event, the tournedos Rossini, was perfectly cooked and accompanied by wild mushrooms; but while the portions were the perfect size for me, Vicky was beginning to flag.’
    • ‘The veggie and non-veggie versions were identical, save for the beef in the meat couscous, and the vegetables included zucchini, carrot, cabbage and big beefy lima beans.’
    • ‘The children have decorated the walls with pictures they drew for school - beefy cattle and chickens, Ethiopian lions, all painted in the colours of the landscape, pale yellows and greens.’
    • ‘Beef, while thought of as, well, beefy, is not usually the boldest of meats when roasted.’

Pronunciation

beefy

/ˈbiːfi/