See also: Hefty
19th century. From heft (“weight”) + -y.
The similarity with German heftig (“vigorous, violent, intense”) is apparently coincidental. From the German are Dutch, Danish, Norwegian heftig, Swedish häftig.
hefty (comparative heftier, superlative heftiest)
- Heavy, strong, vigorous, mighty, impressive.
- He can throw a hefty punch.
- 1934, Frank Richards, The Magnet, Kidnapped from the Air:
- The Remove dormitory echoed to the old, familiar sound of Bunter's hefty snore.
- Strong; bulky.
- They use some hefty bolts to hold up road signs.
- (of a person) Possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful; powerfully or heavily built.
- He was a tall, hefty man.
- Heavy, weighing a lot.
- She carries a hefty backpack full of books.
- (colloquial, of a number or amount) Large.
- That's going to cost you a hefty sum.
- a hefty fine
- hefty price tag
- hefty premium
- hefty profice
- hefty price
- hefty penalty
- hefty fine
- hefty portion
- hefty salary
- hefty gain
- hefty increase
- hefty amount
- hefty sum
- hefty check
- hefty fee
powerfully or heavily built