hefty vs powerful what difference

what is difference between hefty and powerful

English

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛfti/

Adjective

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.

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • powreful, powrefull (all obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English pouerful, powarfull, equivalent to power +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpaʊɚfəl/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpaʊəfəl/
  • Hyphenation: pow‧er‧ful

Adjective

powerful (comparative more powerful or powerfuller or powerfuler, superlative most powerful or powerfullest or powerfulest)

  1. Having, or capable of exerting power, potency or influence.
  2. (mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.

Synonyms

  • mightful
  • mighty
  • powersome
  • strengthful
  • strong
  • forceful

Antonyms

  • powerless
  • strengthless

Translations

See also

  • strong

Adverb

powerful (comparative more powerful, superlative most powerful)

  1. (Southern US) Synonym of very

Anagrams

  • powreful

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