heavy

adjective
\ ˈhe-vē How to pronounce heavy (audio) \
heavier; heaviest

Definition of heavy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 Lead and gold are heavy metals.
c(1) of an isotope : having or being atoms of greater than normal mass for that element heavy carbons
(2) of a chemical compound : containing heavy isotopes heavy ammonia
2 : difficult to bear specifically : causing or characterized by severe pain or suffering a heavy sorrow
3 : of weighty import : serious heavy consequences
4 : characterized by depth or intensity : profound a heavy silence
5a : borne down by something oppressive : burdened returned with heavy spirit
b : pregnant especially : approaching parturition She is heavy with child.
6a : slow or dull from loss of vitality or resiliency : sluggish a tired heavy step
b : lacking sparkle or vivacity : drab a heavy writing style
c : lacking mirth or gaiety : cheerless
d : characterized by declining prices The market is heavy.
7 : dulled with weariness : drowsy eyes were growing heavy
8 : greater in quantity or quality than the average of its kind or class: such as
a : of unusually large size or amount a heavy turnout
b : of great force heavy seas
c : threatening to rain or snow a heavy sky heavy clouds
d(1) : impeding motion heavy traffic
(2) : full of clay and inclined to hold water heavy soil
e : coming as if from a depth : loud heavy breathing
f : thick, dense a heavy beard a heavy growth of timber heavy syrup
g : oppressive, overwhelming heavy perfume heavy weather rule with a heavy hand
h : steep, acute on a heavy grade
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 a heavy pump
9a : very rich and hard to digest heavy desserts
b : not properly raised or leavened heavy bread
10 : producing goods (such as coal, steel, or chemicals) used in the production of other goods heavy industry
11a : having stress (see stress entry 1 sense 5a) a heavy rhythm used especially of syllables in accentual verse
b : being the strongest degree of stress in speech the heavy stress on the first syllable of basketball
12 : relating to theatrical parts of a grave or somber nature playing heavy roles
13 : possessing a high degree or a great deal of something specified : long heavy on ideas
14 : important, prominent a heavy politician

heavy

adverb

Definition of heavy (Entry 2 of 3)

: to a great or overwhelming degree weighed heavy on her mind : with or as if with great weight : in a heavy manner : heavily Clouds hung heavy in the sky.

heavy

noun
plural heavies

Definition of heavy (Entry 3 of 3)

2a : a theatrical role of a dignified or somber character also : an actor playing such a role
b : a character in a story or play who opposes the hero : villain
c : one blamed for a particular evil or difficulty : villain
d : someone or something influential, serious, or important

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Other Words from heavy

Adjective

heaviness noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of heavy in a Sentence

Adjective

“Is that box too heavy for you to lift?” “No, it's not very heavy.” The truck was carrying a heavy load. The man was six feet tall with a heavy build. Turnout for the election is expected to be heavy. We got caught in heavy traffic. Heavy rains caused flooding in the area. She was wearing sunglasses and heavy makeup. The storm caused heavy damage to the building. The company is facing heavy losses this quarter. a day of heavy fighting

Adverb

The smoke hung heavy in the air.

Noun

He played the heavy in film after film. The conference will be attended by several media heavies. They have become one of the industry heavies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nearly two-and-a-half hours, and heavy on the new stuff. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "The National at White Oak Music Hall: Sometimes your show is special," 12 Sep. 2019 Florida will almost certainly see heavy rains and gusty winds this weekend but should also be prepared for Tropical Storm Humberto, which could develop from a system currently very close to the state, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "Forecasters warn Florida of potential for Tropical Storm Humberto this weekend," 12 Sep. 2019 Josh Carlton weighs in at 260, or 18 pounds heavier than his freshman year. ... Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn men’s notebook: Dan Hurley recovering at home; several players returning bigger, stronger; Daniel Hamilton, Amida Brimah reporting to NBA camps," 11 Sep. 2019 The Broncos want to be an innovative smash-mouth team heavy on play-action and downfield passes. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos GM John Elway believes Vic Fangio is the right man with the right plan," 8 Sep. 2019 America's Sunday nights—and 100 years of football—rest heavy on your shoulders. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "We Didn't Get A Collinsworth Slide, But TNF Did Give Us Throwback Costumes," 6 Sep. 2019 Crews finished the Debbie Graham cleanup in May, after numerous delays due to hazardous weather and heavy rain, and worked to recover as much of the lost coal as possible. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "What caused the Ohio River barge crash last Christmas? Coast Guard reveals findings," 6 Sep. 2019 Outside of that, Nelsons leads six more programs, heavy on the German and Russian classics with a few new pieces scattered here and there. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s 15 must-see classical music groups for fall," 5 Sep. 2019 San Diego Country Estates and Spangler Peak Ranch are the district’s primary recycled water customers, but due to heavy rain in late 2018 and early 2019, less recycled water was used. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "RMWD pursues untreated water study, spray field bids," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The new Apple Watch Series 5, revealed by Apple earlier today, goes heavy on the bling—but light on new health features. Wired, "Apple Watch Series 5: Same Watch, More Face," 10 Sep. 2019 Getting to play with comedy after a decade of filming heavy dramatic scenes has been an unexpected bonus. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Tori Spelling Talks Filming BH90210: 'Sometimes It Feels Like We’re Back in High School'," 8 Aug. 2019 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout A Chicago exclusive release, this year's Proprietor's stout goes heavy on chocolate, pecans and coconut and reportedly ends with notes of marshmallow. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Goose Island Will Release 8 Bourbon County Variants This Year—and a Collection," 14 Aug. 2019 Past a Saltillo tile patio with a fountain, the interior goes heavy on Spanish style. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Matthew Perry seeks split from L.A. penthouse," 10 Aug. 2019 By then some critics had begun to find Mr. Prince’s directorial strokes overblown, his productions heavy-handed in theme and design. Bruce Weber, New York Times, "Hal Prince, Giant of Broadway and Reaper of Tonys, Dies at 91," 31 July 2019 Past a Saltillo tile patio with a fountain, the interior goes heavy on Spanish style. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Lakers big man JaVale McGee lists Encino home he bought from Marc Anthony," 2 Aug. 2019 This is the cost of doing business as a contender, and Milwaukee should be helped by the fact that the league is arguably little less top heavy compared to last season. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Grading Some of the Free Agent Deals You May Have Missed From Day One," 1 July 2019 On the other hand, close-ups of the dancers on video created heavy-handed silent-film era melodrama. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: L.A. Phil’s newly promoted Bortolameolli casts a flamenco spell at the Bowl," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the Pokes can burn you on the ground and by throwing it, Hawaii is obviously pass-heavy. Max Meyer, SI.com, "College Football Week 2 Best Bets: Pac-12 Edition," 3 Sep. 2019 Drag used to be very live-performance heavy, and the pendulum has just swung towards lip sync right now. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Gilda Wabbit: Drag-queen opera singer to light up Parliament House | 5 Questions With ...," 1 Aug. 2019 Under previous coach Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech ran a run-heavy, triple-option offense. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Deerfield Beach four-star WR Bryce Gowdy commits to Georgia Tech, three-star WR Deajaun McDougle picks Maryland, three-star DL Kervins Choute commits to UCF," 30 July 2019 Drinks will be classic cocktail-heavy and served from three words that may or may not change your life: outdoor cocktail lounge. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "American Elm is bringing an “outdoor cocktail lounge” to the old Way Back space," 29 July 2019 Pedroia rejoined the Sox for their two-game series against the Rockies, his knee wrapped in a heavy back brace following surgery Aug. 6 at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, about two hours away from Coors Field. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Dustin Pedroia, on crutches, visits Red Sox after latest knee surgery," 27 Aug. 2019 Expect for Thursday morning’s affair to be run-heavy, as has been the case for the Tigers in years past during their first scrimmage. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "What to expect from Auburn’s 1st fall scrimmage," 8 Aug. 2019 The developers argue that the heavy, practically unlimited recreational use of thousands of surrounding acres of U.S. Forest Service land plays a far greater role in determining the future of bighorns. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Vail housing proposal spotlights growing threat to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep habitat," 27 July 2019 His calling card is a version that is ballad-heavy, rooted in the traditionalist resurgence that emerged 30-plus years ago, and borne along by his singular, well-deep baritone vocals. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of heavy

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heavy

Adjective and Adverb

Middle English hevy, from Old English hefig; akin to Old High German hebīc heavy, Old English hebban to lift — more at heave entry 1

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heavy

noun

Financial Definition of heavy

What It Is

In the investing world, heavy refers to a security whose price can't seem to rise.

How It Works

Let's say Company XYZ has been trading between $12 and $15 a share for the last six months despite two quarters of good earnings. We might say the stock is heavy.

Why It Matters

Sometimes individual securities aren't the only things that are heavy; the whole market can be heavy. In those cases, the imbalance of buyers and sellers can create an opportunity to buy certain worthy stocks while they are "on sale." However, some technical analysis might find that a heavy market reflects investor hesitancy about the market and could be the precursor to a market that is about to take a big dip.

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heavy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of heavy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having great weight : difficult to lift or move
: large in size and weight
: having a particular weight

heavy

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of heavy (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a heavy way

heavy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heavy (Entry 3 of 3)

: a bad person in a movie or play
US, informal : a person or thing that is serious, important, or powerful

heavy

adjective
\ ˈhe-vē How to pronounce heavy (audio) \
heavier; heaviest

Kids Definition of heavy

1 : having great weight
2 : unusually great in amount, force, or effect heavy rain heavy sleep heavy damage
3 : made with thick strong material heavy rope
4 : dense and thick heavy eyebrows
5 : hard to put up with a heavy responsibility
6 : sad or troubled It's with a heavy heart that I leave you.
7 : having little strength or energy My legs grew heavier with every step.

Other Words from heavy

heaviness noun

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