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 paradecumbrous 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
Examples of cumbrous in a Sentence
it took two people to haul the cumbrous machine into the garage
Recent Examples on the WebThere were three good reasons to abandon the Clean Power Plan, and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt cited two of them in his decision, announced Monday, to rescind the cumbrous carbon dioxide rule.
The Editors, National Review, 9 Oct. 2017 The Road Home Program, a state program supposed to help rebuild, was cumbrous and slow, and grants often didn’t cover the cost of repairs.
Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2017 The ordinary secular mode of divorce in India is, like any other Indian legal proceeding, rather more cumbrous.
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 27 Aug. 2017
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