hefty vs sinewy what difference

what is difference between hefty and sinewy



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.




  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪnjuːi/


From sinew +‎ -y.


sinewy (comparative more sinewy, superlative most sinewy)

  1. Tough; having strong sinews.
  2. (figuratively) Having or showing nervous strength.
  3. (of a person or animal) Possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful.
    • 1965 (original), Frank Herbert, Dune, Ace Edition; June 1987, Pennsylvania, page 32:
      Hawat put a sinewy finger beside his eye.

Derived terms

  • sinewiness


  • WordNet® 3.0. Princeton University. 30 Aug. 2007. [1]


  • Swiney, winsey

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