• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hefty large in amount or extent or degree "it cost a considerable amount","a goodly amount","received a hefty bonus","a respectable sum","a tidy sum of money","a sizable fortune"
    • adj hefty of considerable weight and size "a hefty dictionary"
    • adj hefty (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful "a hefty athlete","a muscular boxer","powerful arms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hefty Moderately heavy.
    • Hefty Strong; muscular; -- of people.
    • Hefty Substantial; large; as, a hefty increase in annual profits.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hefty Having considerable weight; rather heavy; hence, weighty; forcible: as, a hefty tool; a hefty argument.
    • hefty Easy to lift and handle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hefty rather heavy: easy to lift
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The Chicago Computer Fraud and Abuse Task Force had been assured that the E911 Document was worth a hefty sum of money.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
He was a hefty fellow, in the habit of standing no nonsense from his customers, and Tough Bill hesitated.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
Those fellows behind were hefty men on their native heath.
"The Thirty-nine Steps" by John Buchan
Sandy's somewhere outside, and he's got a hefty crowd at his heels.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
Hefty chaps in a scrimmage, and both equal to engines of any kind.
"On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles" by Thomas Charles Bridges
I was doorkeeper, notwithstanding that Thoman doubted if I was "hefty" enough.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
One of them had a club that looked right hefty.
"Left Tackle Thayer" by Ralph Henry Barbour
In fact, he was a very hefty Proposition all through the Business District.
"People You Know" by George Ade
Steve doesn't like me and there were some hefty rocks around.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
She's a hefty savage like me.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke

In poetry:

Lady of the ample charms,
With a housemaid's hefty arms,
Why wave you that fish-bone high
'Gainst Canberra's murky sky?
"Lines to a Canberra Stamp" by C J Dennis
The Agent took no sort ov stock
Thet time in etiquettin;
It would hev made a punkin laugh
Tew see his style of gettin'!
In thet thar empty vat he slid,
An' Deely shet the hefty lid.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
I knew an old philanthropist, a farming man was he,
Shrewd at a deal, but still withal a man of charity.
He had three sons - three hefty lads - Josiah, Jim and Joe,
And each of these had his own land, and made a goodly show.
"Dad's Philanthropic Plan" by C J Dennis
"You lousy crooks," the bandit cried; "You're slickly heeled I know;
Come, make it snappy, dump outside your booty in the snow."
The gambling pair went putty pale; they crimped as if with cold.
And heaved upon the icy trail two hefty pokes of gold.
"Black Moran" by Robert W Service

In news:

0Median cable barriers might be saving lives but come at a hefty cost to taxpayers.
In just a matter of minutes, this hefty Virginia Pine is uprooted and on its way to Austin.
So with a slightly better-than-average performance Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Marshall could achieve some hefty milestones with plenty of room to spare.
Hefty portions, fruit juices may be fueling weight gain in little ones.
The Shack offers hefty burgers such as Dave's Mushroom Madness with garlic fries, paired with a mug of Deschutes Black Butte Porter.
California's new energy-efficiency standards come at a hefty price.
I have run across several people who were caught cheating and paid hefty fines the last couple of years.
That includes spaghetti with homemade meatballs, featuring hefty spheres whose size belies their delicate savor.
'Hefty Lefty' still throwing darts (at Florida) on UK's behalf.
Critics say hefty price tag far outweighs restoration estimates.
The annual Army-Navy football game doesn't have the high-end importance it once had, but it still has a huge following and hefty cultural weight.
President Barack Obama is being criticized for some pretty hefty costs for official state dinners .
The artist is known for his hefty, roughhewn sculptures of the human figure, monumental and contemplative works often made of plaster.
Damages Hold Hefty Price Tag.
Mets offer Wright hefty extension.

In science:

Without any means of mitigating such fading, ensuring reasonable reliability requires hefty power margins.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
In view of the fact that the original distinction between the discrete and the continuous approach led to rather hefty disputes on the justification and appropriateness of the two approaches, we believe that the systematic development of a unified frame is overdue.
Deformation of Delone dynamical systems and pure point diffraction
It seems like a nice, hefty number except that, note the authors, we expect more like 20-30,000 from a formation rate of a few per century.
Astrophysics in 2006
Asplund announced that the Sun does not in fact have canonical solar abundances (well, [Fe/H] needed to be downgraded by a hefty 0.2 dex).
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
Since the decay b → c¯cs is accompanied by a hefty CKM factor, ηc ↔ η ′ mixing could possibly become important in B → η ′ decays.
Penguins, charmless B decays and the hunt for CP violation