Broad vs Beefy - What's the difference?

broad | beefy |

As adjectives the difference between broad and beefy

is that broad is wide in extent or scope while beefy is similar to, or tasting like beef.

As a noun broad

is (dated) a prostitute, a woman of loose morals.




  • Wide in extent or scope.
  • three feet broad
    the broad expanse of ocean
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  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 19, author=Josh Halliday, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised? , passage=Julia Farrington, head of arts at Index on Censorship, argues that extra powers to ban violent videos online will "end up too broad and open to misapplication, which would damage freedom of expression".}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-28, author=(Joris Luyendijk)
  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […]  But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.}}
  • Extended, in the sense of diffused; open; clear; full.
  • * Bishop Porteus
  • broad and open day
  • Having a large measure of any thing or quality; not limited; not restrained.
  • * John Locke
  • a broad mixture of falsehood
  • Comprehensive; liberal; enlarged.
  • * D. Daggett
  • The words in the Constitution are broad enough to include the case.
  • * E. Everett
  • in a broad , statesmanlike, and masterly way
  • Plain; evident.
  • a broad hint
  • Free; unrestrained; unconfined.
  • * Shakespeare
  • as broad and general as the casing air
  • (dated) Gross; coarse; indelicate.
  • a broad''' compliment; a '''broad''' joke; '''broad humour
  • (of an accent) Strongly regional.
  • (Gaelic languages) Velarized, i.e. not palatalized.
  • Antonyms

    * * (Regarding body width) * (Not palatalized)

    Derived terms

    * breadth * broaden * broad across the beam * broad in the beam * broadscale * broad strokes * broadsword * broad church * broadcloth * broad agreement


    (en noun)
  • (dated) A prostitute, a woman of loose morals.
  • (US) A woman or girl.
  • Who was that broad I saw you with?
  • (UK) A shallow lake, one of a number of bodies of water in eastern Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • A lathe tool for turning down the insides and bottoms of cylinders.
  • (Knight)


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  • Similar to, or tasting like beef.
  • Containing beef.
  • (informal) Strong or muscular.
  • The barman was a big, beefy guy with his sleeves rolled up and tattoos on his arms.
  • (informal) Sturdy; robust.
  • The software slows down even a beefy computer.