\ 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



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.


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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heaviness noun

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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 Expect Reid, who guided the 2004 Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX 15 years ago, to be a heavy sentimental favorite. 10. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned heading into Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs," 20 Jan. 2020 Officials familiar with the information who requested anonymity told the Free Press the number of temps already converted at some plants include: At Flint Assembly, where GM builds its heavy-duty pickups, 255 temps became permanent. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM to shift hundreds more temporary workers to full-time," 15 Jan. 2020 This is a wideout-heavy draft, there’s no doubt there are some great players at that position. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Larry Fitzgerald returning to Arizona Cardinals in 2020," 15 Jan. 2020 Some of our favorite boots are perfect for a chic city dweller, while others provide heavy-duty coverage befitting even the most dedicated gardener. Popular Science, "Practical, stylish rain boots to get you through the wet season," 14 Jan. 2020 The groove-heavy, synth-laden house jam brings a dark edge and funk for miles. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Justin Martin Launches New Label What To Do With Fan Favorite 'Needs': Listen," 14 Jan. 2020 In between heavy-duty cleanings (by hand or with a machine), hit any dingy areas of your carpet with a powdered or foam carpet cleaner, like Resolve High Traffic Carpet Foam or Resolve Carpet Cleaner Powder. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Carpet the Right Way, According to a Cleaning Expert," 13 Jan. 2020 In a large, heavy-duty blender or a food processor, blend the herbs, toasted pine nuts, and garlic, pulsing just until combined. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "Two Ways to Cook a Roasted Leg of Venison," 13 Jan. 2020 But thieves can drill into accessible fuel tanks on big rigs with tanks of up to 50 gallons or more, or even large heavy-duty pickup trucks with up to 37.5 or more gallons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Building a Homemade Gas Station Is a Terrible Idea," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But this team is so top heavy, their best hitters are at the top. Schuyler Dixon, The Seattle Times, "Sampson’s 1st win follows Leclerc as Rangers top Cards 7-3," 17 May 2019 Why then are the protesters still holding marches and protesting outside the ministry of human resource development (HRD) in New Delhi, all braving police heavy-handedness? Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "The JNU uprising has profound implications for India’s student community," 3 Dec. 2019 But there’s no denying legitimate uncertainty hangs heavy right now. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady is frustrated with the Patriots' offense — and rightfully so," 18 Nov. 2019 The bar also offers more than a dozen beers on draft, with a focus on Connecticut and regional craft options, and a wine list heavy on California selections with bottles under $100. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Cotton Hollow Kitchen opens in South Glastonbury with a ‘fun mix’ of contemporary, comfort chow," 8 Nov. 2019 The Browns defense gets heavy on the side Mariota rolls towards after the play action. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "What happened on Derrick Henry’s 75-yard screen pass against the Browns?," 11 Sep. 2019 Renaud Letang, known for his recordings with Feist and Manu Chao, manned the console, resulting in a stripped-down sound that goes heavy on old-school instruments, although the occasional synthesizer does find its way into the mix. Bill Forman, Detroit Free Press, "Don't try to pigeonhole songwriter Son Little, who draws on folk, soul and electronic," 20 Nov. 2019 Toutiao also attracted the attention of Lu Wei, China’s heavy-handed internet czar at the time, according to industry executives. New York Times, "China’s TikTok Blazes New Ground. That Could Doom It.," 5 Nov. 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stothers spent five seasons running the familiar heavy-checking, defense-minded style employed by former Kings coaches and . Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings coach Todd McLellan’s faster, aggressive system is run by AHL Ontario affiliate," 21 Jan. 2020 Dutch heavies Martin Garrix and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will headline the show, with more than 60 other acts including Yellow Claw, Vicetone and Sam Feldt rounding out the bill. See the complete round one lineup poster below. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to Headline China's Inaugural C.E.A. Festival," 14 Jan. 2020 SpaceX and Blue Origin have big rockets coming that may be able to do the heavy lifts for less. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Jubilant NASA rolls first Space Launch System rocket out of factory," 9 Jan. 2020 While experienced African PHs like this horsepower for addressing elephants and charging buffalos, few hunters appreciate the looping trajectory curve these heavy, generally blunt-nosed bullets scribe. Outdoor Life, "The Best Big Bore Rifles For Your First African Safari: .375 H&H vs. .416 Rem. Mag. vs. .458 Win. Mag," 3 Jan. 2020 Speaking of which, how bottom-heavy was your costume? Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The Masked Singer's Black Widow on her badonkadonk and 'sensual' latex costume," 7 Nov. 2019 Maybe an honorable mention among local, card-carrying heavies. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Gronaw: Finding the top-end bottom feeders," 15 Sep. 2019 Athletic Comparable: Austin Hooper Opportunity: B+ The Lions want to go run-heavy, and Hockenson can fit in that scheme as a blocker and as a receiver. John Paulsen And Brandon Niles, Sports Illustrated, "NFL Draft 2019 First Round: Fantasy Football Takeaways," 24 Apr. 2019 This is classic cuisine with a touch of modern refinement, familiar favorites rounded out by a list that’s refreshingly seafood-heavy. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Looking for a traditional French restaurant in metro Phoenix? Try this Scottsdale bistro," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of heavy


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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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23 Jan 2020

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“Heavy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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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



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

: in a heavy way



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


\ 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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