what is difference between hefty and powerful
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)
- 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.
- Nouns to which “hefty” is often applied: price tag, premium, profit, price, penalty, fine, portion, salary, gain, increase, amount, sum, check, fee.
- powreful, powrefull (all obsolete)
From Middle English pouerful, powarfull, equivalent to power + -ful.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpaʊɚfəl/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpaʊəfəl/
- Hyphenation: pow‧er‧ful
powerful (comparative more powerful or powerfuller or powerfuler, superlative most powerful or powerfullest or powerfulest)
- Having, or capable of exerting power, potency or influence.
- (mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.
powerful (comparative more powerful, superlative most powerful)
- (Southern US) Synonym of very