Definition of hefty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhefti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhefti//
    (heftier, heftiest)
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  1. 1(of a person or an object) big and heavy Her brothers were both hefty men in their forties.
  2. 2(informal) (of an amount of money) large; larger than usual or expected They sold it easily and made a hefty profit. Interest rates have gone up to a hefty 12%. She will have to pay a pretty hefty fine if she is caught.
  3. 3using a lot of force He gave the door a hefty kick.
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from heft ‘lift or carry (something heavy)’ + -y.

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