goodly vs hefty what difference

what is difference between goodly and hefty



  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʊdli/
  • Hyphenation: good‧ly

Etymology 1

From Middle English goodly, goodlich, gōdlich, from Old English gōdlīċ (good, goodly), from Proto-Germanic *gōdalīkaz (good, goodly); equivalent to good +‎ -ly. Cognate with German gütlich (friendly), Icelandic góðlegur (benign).


goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (dated) Good; pleasing in appearance; attractive; comely; graceful; pleasant; desirable.
    • 1866, Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Ballad of Death, in Poems and Ballads, lines 26–27:
      O Sin, thou knowest that all thy shame in her
      Was made a goodly thing.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Then the prince left her and betook himself to the palace of the King his father, who rejoiced in his return and met him and welcomed him; and the Prince said to him, “Know that I have left her without the city in such a garden and come to tell thee, that thou mayst make ready the procession of estate and go forth to meet her and show her the royal dignity and troops and guards.” Answered the King, “With joy and gladness”; and straightway bade decorate the town with the goodliest adornment.
  2. Quite large; considerable; sufficient; adequate; more than enough.
    a goodly sum of money
    walking at a goodly pace

Derived terms

  • goodliness

Etymology 2

From Middle English goodly, goodliche, gōdliche, from Old English gōdlīċe (goodly), from the adjective; equivalent to good +‎ -ly. Cognate with Middle High German guotlīche, güetlīche.


goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (obsolete) In a goodly way; courteously, graciously.
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) Well; excellently.
    • a. 1599, Edmund Spenser, To the Earle of Cumberland
      For love of vertue and of martial praise;
      To which though nobly ye inclined are,
      (As goodlie well ye shew’d in late assaies)



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.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛfti/


hefty (comparative heftier, superlative heftiest)

  1. 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.
  2. Strong; bulky.
    They use some hefty bolts to hold up road signs.
  3. (of a person) Possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful; powerfully or heavily built.
    He was a tall, hefty man.
  4. Heavy, weighing a lot.
    She carries a hefty backpack full of books.
  5. (colloquial, of a number or amount) Large.
    That’s going to cost you a hefty sum.

Usage notes

  • Nouns to which “hefty” is often applied: price tag, premium, profit, price, penalty, fine, portion, salary, gain, increase, amount, sum, check, fee.


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