Definition of hefty in English:



  • 1Large and heavy.

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