Definition of hefty in English:



  • 1Large and heavy.

    ‘a hefty young chap’
    • ‘We piled off the bus at dusk, just as a hefty man on a scooter pulled up.’
    • ‘I never got into fights since I was fairly hefty, which was fortunate since I've never really been able to handle the idea of hitting people.’
    • ‘I am inundated every day with hefty, couriered packages telling me about the new Disney release or the next big thing out on EMI.’
    • ‘The walls are pleasingly solid, and the doors hefty wood, with two between the bedroom and the corridor, a boon for light sleepers.’
    • ‘Quite surprisingly it looks extremely nice, and while quite hefty feels extremely solid.’
    • ‘The dog was young but was nevertheless half again as hefty as Big Daddy.’
    • ‘Well, this massive tome is hefty enough to be a table in its own right.’
    • ‘His role as an American warrior in feudal Japan meant long days in bulky armor swinging a hefty sword.’
    • ‘The book is a hefty volume of 549 pages, which is pretty massive, especially for an opening book.’
    • ‘Piles of comics and bagels litter the top of a hefty dining-room table not far away.’
    • ‘My theory is that his wheelchair was lifted off the transporter pad by a couple of hefty young officers.’
    • ‘Picture the scene, you step out into a new city, tired, uncomfortable and carrying a hefty suitcase - what you need is a helping hand to find your way.’
    • ‘Now there was a fellow as tough as a maddened bear - a hefty, red-haired chap with a voice as strong as his muscles.’
    • ‘Leon says people on the road need to treat their laptops as if they were hefty, bulky wallets.’
    • ‘He picked up his hefty, metal sword and cast it upon his heavy, muscular spine.’
    • ‘A hefty and bulky taxi pod slammed onto the docking lane from their right through another open gate.’
    heavy, weighty, bulky, leaden, big, large, substantial, massive, ponderous
    burly, heavy, sturdy, strapping, bulky, brawny, husky, strong, muscular, large, big, massive, weighty, solid, well built, solidly built, powerfully built
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    1. 1.1(of a number or amount) impressively large.
      ‘a hefty £10 million’
      ‘they could face hefty fines’
      • ‘Scientists at Hull University have landed a hefty grant to study the economic implications of switching to renewable energy sources.’
      • ‘And if they won the council would face hefty legal costs.’
      • ‘A hefty number of you responded that you'd only do it if someone taught you.’
      • ‘Naturally, this meant a hefty amount of foreign travel.’
      • ‘I finally decided to splurge on the grilled salmon, offered at a hefty $18.’
      • ‘The Indian exchequer makes hefty investments in education and training these highly skilled migrants.’
      • ‘It may be paying a hefty amount to the people who actually steal these prints and copy them, but even that amount would not be too substantial.’
      • ‘Young drinkers' drinks of choice are excluded from the hefty taxation increases in this bill.’
      • ‘Consequently we now face a hefty vet's bill and a very unhappy young dog who cannot be exercised.’
      • ‘Investigators are predicting more guilty pleas and hefty settlements.’
      • ‘The long cork, heavy expensive bottle and hefty price tag indicate that the winemaker and UK seller are impressed with this wine.’
      • ‘While some programs do cost a hefty amount, most are on the lower end.’
      • ‘In an attempt at capitalising on this parental anxiety, many private institutions come out with packages that carry a hefty price tag.’
      • ‘A disabled car owner has been left with no transport and a hefty bill after vandals sprayed his car with a corrosive substance.’
      • ‘But companies also have to pay hefty state or city taxes.’
      • ‘The Peking speciality dish costs a hefty £13 for half a duck and £7 for a quarter, but is well worth the money for a treat.’
      • ‘We have been left a legacy of ugly, vacant and derelict land and also a hefty financial burden to clean it up.’
      • ‘Yesterday, I actually did a hefty amount of proper studying.’
      • ‘A hefty amount had clearly been invested in the initial splash of publicity, yet when we walked in we were literally the only diners.’
      • ‘In 1997 the government paid out hefty sums to war veterans, a move that was blamed for putting a strain on the country's economy.’
      substantial, sizeable, considerable, stiff, high-cost, extortionate, inflated, large, huge, excessive, colossal
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  • 2Done with vigour or force.

    ‘he aimed a hefty kick at the door’
    • ‘I give it a hefty kick in my utter frustration at not being able to unlock it.’
    • ‘It appears that she got a hefty wallop from something heavy, which has pushed her sideways several inches over the edge of her plinth.’
    • ‘I stay staring at him until he's out of sight, before giving myself a hefty mental kick.’
    • ‘Hargreaves is down injured after taking a hefty kick in the knee.’
    • ‘Detective Ross gave it a hefty kick and it broke open.’
    • ‘She directed his hand to the proper spot and his eyes lit up as he felt the hefty kicks of another of his grandchildren.’
    • ‘He's taken a hefty kick in the face for his troubles, mind.’
    • ‘But there was no shortage of beefy tackles and hefty challenges in the long standing tradition of Scottish football.’
    • ‘A series of hefty kicks on the two men left them both limping even after lengthy treatment.’
    • ‘My arms ached like they'd been repeatedly thumped, and there was an aching in my stomach which suggested they'd given me a hefty kick in the balls.’
    • ‘He gave the door a hefty kick for good measure before turning on his heel and striding back to his bed.’
    • ‘I feel the full force of her anger in a hefty whack across my nose.’
    powerful, violent, hard, forceful, heavy, vigorous, mighty, thunderous
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