Ponderous Pon"der*ous, a. [L. ponderosus, from pondus, -eris, a weight: cf. F. pond['e]reux. See {Ponder}.] 1. Very heavy; weighty; as, a ponderous shield; a ponderous load; the ponderous elephant. [1913 Webster]

The sepulcher . . . Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Important; momentous; forcible. ``Your more ponderous and settled project.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Heavy; dull; wanting; lightless or spirit; as, a ponderous style; a ponderous joke. [1913 Webster]

{Ponderous spar} (Min.), heavy spar, or barytes. See {Barite}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • ponderous — (adj.) c.1400, heavy, weighty, clumsy, from L. ponderosus of great weight, from pondus (gen. ponderis) weight (see POUND (Cf. pound) (n.1)). Meaning tedious is first recorded 1704 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • ponderous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) slow and clumsy because of great weight. 2) dull or laborious. DERIVATIVES ponderously adverb. ORIGIN Latin ponderosus, from pondus weight …   English terms dictionary

  • ponderous — [[t]pɒ̱ndərəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Ponderous writing or speech is very serious, uses more words than necessary, and is rather dull. He had a dense, ponderous style. Derived words: ponderously ADV GRADED ADV with v ...the rather ponderously titled… …   English dictionary

  • ponderous — pon|der|ous [ˈpɔndərəs US ˈpa:n ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: pondéreux, from Latin ponderosus, from pondus; PONDER] 1.) slow or awkward because of being very big and heavy ▪ an elephant s ponderous walk 2.) boring, very serious, and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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