Definition of hefty in English:



  • 1Large and heavy.

    ‘a hefty young chap’
    • ‘A hefty and bulky taxi pod slammed onto the docking lane from their right through another open gate.’
    • ‘My theory is that his wheelchair was lifted off the transporter pad by a couple of hefty young officers.’
    • ‘He picked up his hefty, metal sword and cast it upon his heavy, muscular spine.’
    • ‘Well, this massive tome is hefty enough to be a table in its own right.’
    • ‘The walls are pleasingly solid, and the doors hefty wood, with two between the bedroom and the corridor, a boon for light sleepers.’
    • ‘Leon says people on the road need to treat their laptops as if they were hefty, bulky wallets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His role as an American warrior in feudal Japan meant long days in bulky armor swinging a hefty sword.’
    • ‘Piles of comics and bagels litter the top of a hefty dining-room table not far away.’
    • ‘Now there was a fellow as tough as a maddened bear - a hefty, red-haired chap with a voice as strong as his muscles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The book is a hefty volume of 549 pages, which is pretty massive, especially for an opening book.’
    • ‘We piled off the bus at dusk, just as a hefty man on a scooter pulled up.’
    • ‘I am inundated every day with hefty, couriered packages telling me about the new Disney release or the next big thing out on EMI.’
    • ‘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.’
    burly, heavy, sturdy, strapping, bulky, brawny, husky, strong, muscular, large, big, massive, weighty, solid, well built, solidly built, powerfully built
    heavy, weighty, bulky, leaden, big, large, substantial, massive, ponderous
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    1. 1.1 (of a number or amount) impressively large.
      ‘a hefty £10 million’
      ‘they could face hefty fines’
      • ‘Investigators are predicting more guilty pleas and hefty settlements.’
      • ‘Consequently we now face a hefty vet's bill and a very unhappy young dog who cannot be exercised.’
      • ‘Naturally, this meant a hefty amount of foreign travel.’
      • ‘While some programs do cost a hefty amount, most are on the lower end.’
      • ‘Yesterday, I actually did a hefty amount of proper studying.’
      • ‘The Indian exchequer makes hefty investments in education and training these highly skilled migrants.’
      • ‘I finally decided to splurge on the grilled salmon, offered at a hefty $18.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an attempt at capitalising on this parental anxiety, many private institutions come out with packages that carry a hefty price tag.’
      • ‘And if they won the council would face hefty legal costs.’
      • ‘A disabled car owner has been left with no transport and a hefty bill after vandals sprayed his car with a corrosive substance.’
      • ‘Scientists at Hull University have landed a hefty grant to study the economic implications of switching to renewable energy sources.’
      • ‘We have been left a legacy of ugly, vacant and derelict land and also a hefty financial burden to clean it up.’
      • ‘The long cork, heavy expensive bottle and hefty price tag indicate that the winemaker and UK seller are impressed with this wine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But companies also have to pay hefty state or city taxes.’
      • ‘Young drinkers' drinks of choice are excluded from the hefty taxation increases in this bill.’
      • ‘A hefty number of you responded that you'd only do it if someone taught you.’
      • ‘A hefty amount had clearly been invested in the initial splash of publicity, yet when we walked in we were literally the only diners.’
      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 stay staring at him until he's out of sight, before giving myself a hefty mental kick.’
    • ‘He gave the door a hefty kick for good measure before turning on his heel and striding back to his bed.’
    • ‘But there was no shortage of beefy tackles and hefty challenges in the long standing tradition of Scottish football.’
    • ‘It appears that she got a hefty wallop from something heavy, which has pushed her sideways several inches over the edge of her plinth.’
    • ‘He's taken a hefty kick in the face for his troubles, mind.’
    • ‘A series of hefty kicks on the two men left them both limping even after lengthy treatment.’
    • ‘She directed his hand to the proper spot and his eyes lit up as he felt the hefty kicks of another of his grandchildren.’
    • ‘Detective Ross gave it a hefty kick and it broke open.’
    • ‘Hargreaves is down injured after taking a hefty kick in the knee.’
    • ‘I give it a hefty kick in my utter frustration at not being able to unlock it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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