heavy
I. adjective (heavier; -est) Etymology: Middle English hevy, from Old English hefig; akin to Old High German hebīc heavy, Old English hebban to lift — more at heave Date: before 12th century 1. a. having great weight; also characterized by mass or weight <
how heavy is it?
>
b. having a high specific gravity ; having great weight in proportion to bulk c. (1) of an isotope having or being atoms of greater than normal mass for that element (2) of a compound containing heavy isotopes 2. hard to bear; specifically grievous, afflictive <
a heavy sorrow
>
3. of weighty import ; serious <
heavy consequences
>
4. deep, profound <
a heavy silence
>
5. a. borne down by something oppressive ; burdened b. pregnant; especially approaching parturition 6. a. slow or dull from loss of vitality or resiliency ; sluggish <
a tired heavy step
>
b. lacking sparkle or vivacity ; drab c. lacking mirth or gaiety ; doleful d. characterized by declining prices 7. dulled with weariness ; drowsy 8. greater in quantity or quality than the average of its kind or class: as a. of unusually large size or amount <
a heavy turnout
>
<
heavy traffic
>
b. of great force <
heavy seas
>
c. threatening to rain or snow d. (1) impeding motion (2) full of clay and inclined to hold water e. coming as if from a depth ; loud <
heavy breathing
>
f. thick, coarse <
heavy syrup
>
g. oppressive <
a heavy odor
>
<
heavy weather
>
<
rule with a heavy hand
>
h. steep, acute i. laborious, difficult <
heavy going
>
j. immoderate <
a heavy smoker
>
k. more powerful than usual for its kind <
a heavy cavalry
>
<
a heavy cruiser
>
l. of large capacity or output 9. a. very rich and hard to digest <
heavy desserts
>
b. not properly raised or leavened <
heavy bread
>
10. producing goods (as coal, steel, or chemicals) used in the production of other goods <
heavy industry
>
11. a. having stress <
a heavy rhythm
>
— used especially of syllables in accentual verse b. being the strongest degree of stress in speech 12. relating to theatrical parts of a grave or somber nature 13. long 9 <
heavy on ideas
>
14. important, prominent <
a heavy politician
>
heaviness noun Synonyms: heavy, weighty, ponderous, cumbrous, cumbersome mean having great weight. heavy implies that something has greater density or thickness than the average of its kind or class <
a heavy child for his age
>
. weighty suggests having actual and not just relative weight <
a load of weighty boxes
>
. ponderous implies having great weight because of size and massiveness with resulting great inertia <
ponderous elephants in a circus parade
>
. cumbrous and cumbersome imply heaviness and bulkiness that make for difficulty in grasping, moving, carrying, or manipulating <
wrestled with the cumbrous furniture
>
<
early cameras were cumbersome and inconvenient
>
. II. adverb Date: before 12th century in a heavy manner ; heavily III. noun (plural heavies) Date: 1897 1. heavyweight 2 2. a. a theatrical role of a dignified or somber character; also an actor playing such a role b. villain 4 c. villain 5 d. someone or something influential, serious, or important e. elite 1b

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  • Heavy — Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a heavy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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