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 Tropical Storm Rene is moving across the western Cabo Verde Islands and will continue to produce tropical storm force winds and heavy rain across the islands today. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Chilliest September 8 on Record at MSP, but Glorious 70s Return Next Week," 8 Sep. 2020 The heavy rain was the result of a cold front moving across Lake Erie on Monday and then stalling over Northeast Ohio, becoming a stationary front, NWS meteorologist Doug Kahn said. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland has nearly 4 inches of rain Monday, some areas top 5; Northeast Ohio rain totals," 8 Sep. 2020 Typhoon Haishen comes as the region reels from last week's Typhoon Maysak, which followed a similar path and also brought destructive winds and heavy rain. Julia Hollingsworth, Jake Kwon And Chie Kobayashi, CNN, "Typhoon Haishen lashes Korean Peninsula after battering Japan," 7 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile there has been heavy pressure on Goldberg to reveal the identities of his sources. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Carl Bernstein defends Atlantic editor: 'Almost all 200 of our stories about Watergate were based on anonymous sourcing'," 6 Sep. 2020 Trump has placed heavy pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to approve treatments and vaccines, raising alarm among scientists. Paulina Firozi, Washington Post, "Warp Speed chief calls pre-election vaccine ‘extremely unlikely’," 4 Sep. 2020 School was canceled and the Bulldogs missed a practice session because of heavy rain that hit Waldron hard over the weekend. Arkansas Online, "Prep Football Report: Tigers will finally get to compete, War Eagles making strides," 3 Sep. 2020 Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Flash flood watch in effect until noon," 3 Sep. 2020 Rescue efforts continued on Thursday as Typhoon Maysak lashed parts of South Korea, north of where Mr. Edvardo was found, with heavy rain and gusts of up to 90 miles per hour, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Cattle Ship Capsizes Off Japan, Leaving Dozens of Crew Members Missing," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Dating back to 2011, universities bemoaned Title IX mandates as a heavy-handed federal imposition. Samantha Harris & Michael Thad Allen, National Review, "Universities Circumvent New Title IX Regulations," 7 Sep. 2020 The mayors of Portland and Washington, D.C., have blamed a heavy-handed and unwanted federal presence for inflaming tensions. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Rubber bullets? Tear gas? In Texas, most Republicans OK putting down protests by force; most Dems don’t support the tacticsThis article has comments enabled.," 7 Sep. 2020 The animal is heavy built with short, rounded ears, small eyes, and large feet that are handy for traveling through snow, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "For the first time in more than 100 years, the extremely rare wolverine has returned to Mount Rainier National Park," 20 Aug. 2020 Control with your phone to run your heavy-hitting power tools. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Portable Power Stations for Outages and Outings," 12 June 2020 In a sudden response to Gavrilov’s actions, masses of people poured onto Rustaveli Street, around the Georgian Parliament, and stayed there, despite the police’s heavy-handed crowd dispersal actions, until morning. Amos Barshad, Wired, "The Prince of Georgia Is Big on Instagram," 27 Aug. 2020 Few of them have actually exerted influence in a heavy-handed way, but they have been known to shape research projects to reinforce CCP narratives, harming academic freedom and improving local perceptions of the Chinese government in the process. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, "American University Administrators Must Step Up to Fight Beijing’s Authoritarian Influence," 23 Aug. 2020 More generally, everything on Wednesday night was suffused with the heavy-handed appeals to identity politics that thrill young party activists but leave almost everyone else cold or feeling alienated. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "Can Joe Biden salvage the DNC?," 20 Aug. 2020 This debate has played out with particular intensity in Israel, which has tried both heavy-handed government surveillance and a more privacy-friend, voluntary app. Washington Post, "Cellphone apps designed to track covid-19 spread struggle worldwide amid privacy concerns," 18 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Todd Mead, of Queensbury, New York, grew up in the deer-poor, hunter-heavy Adirondack Mountains, and for years has consistently killed big bucks on public land from the Northeast through the Midwest. Brian Lovett, Field & Stream, "How and Where to Kill a Whitetail Deer on Public Land," 1 Sep. 2020 The Class of 2002 was a bit top-heavy with Talking Heads and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers serving as fan favorites. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "The best and worst Rock Hall inductees, every year since 1986," 18 Aug. 2020 Joining them soon will be a Czech lager and a wee heavy. Matt Koesters, Cincinnati.com, "Sharonville's first craft brewery, Third Eye Brewing Company, opens Wednesday," 16 June 2020 This weekend, Elisabeth Moss plays an iconic author and Kevin James breaks bad as the heavy of an invasion thriller. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Elisabeth Moss gets sinister as 'Shirley,' Kevin James breaks bad in 'Becky'," 4 June 2020 Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or another large heavy-bottom, ovenproof pot over medium heat until shimmering. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "Wise Sons’ brisket recipe for Passover," 2 Apr. 2020 Expect the first round to contain plenty of wide receivers, offensive tackles and cornerbacks, but be top-heavy with quarterbacks. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "AL.com NFL mock draft: Tide, SEC could set records," 2 Apr. 2020 Otherwise, your portfolio would have become increasingly top-heavy with equities. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "When will the stock market start recovering? Turning point might may not depend on recession," 22 Mar. 2020 From baking and roasting to braising and broiling, Dutch oven recipes are a simple solution to busy weeknights, because one extra heavy, multi-cooking pot really can do it all. Ashley Leath, Country Living, "What Is a Dutch Oven and How Do I Use It?," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of heavy was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

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“Heavy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for heavy

heavy

adjective
How to pronounce heavy (audio)

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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