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heavy

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adjective \ˈhe-vē\

Definition of heavy

heavier

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heaviest

  1. 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. 2 :  difficult to bear; specifically :  causing or characterized by severe pain or suffering a heavy sorrow

  3. 3 :  of weighty import :  serious heavy consequences

  4. 4 :  characterized by depth or intensity :  profound a heavy silence

  5. 5a :  borne down by something oppressive :  burdened returned with heavy spiritb :  pregnant; especially :  approaching parturition She is heavy with child.

  6. 6a :  slow or dull from loss of vitality or resiliency :  sluggish a tired heavy stepb :  lacking sparkle or vivacity :  drab a heavy writing stylec :  lacking mirth or gaiety :  cheerlessd :  characterized by declining prices The market is heavy.

  7. 7 :  dulled with weariness :  drowsy eyes were growing heavy

  8. 8 :  greater in quantity or quality than the average of its kind or class: such asa :  of unusually large size or amount a heavy turnoutb :  of great force heavy seasc :  threatening to rain or snow a heavy sky heavy cloudsd (1) :  impeding motion heavy traffic (2) :  full of clay and inclined to hold water heavy soile :  coming as if from a depth :  loud heavy breathingf :  thick, dense a heavy beard a heavy growth of timber heavy syrupg :  oppressive, overwhelming heavy perfume heavy weather rule with a heavy handh :  steep, acute on a heavy gradei :  laborious, difficult heavy goingj :  immoderate a heavy smokerk :  more powerful than usual for its kind a heavy cavalry a heavy cruiserl :  of large capacity or output a heavy pump

  9. 9a :  very rich and hard to digest heavy dessertsb :  not properly raised or leavened heavy bread

  10. 10 :  producing goods (such as coal, steel, or chemicals) used in the production of other goods heavy industry

  11. 11a :  having stress (see 1stress 5a) a heavy rhythm —used especially of syllables in accentual verseb :  being the strongest degree of stress in speech the heavy stress on the first syllable of basketball

  12. 12 :  relating to theatrical parts of a grave or somber nature playing heavy roles

  13. 13 :  possessing a high degree or a great deal of something specified :  long heavy on ideas

  14. 14 :  important, prominent a heavy politician

heaviness

noun

Examples of heavy in a Sentence

  1. Is that box too heavy for you to lift? No, it's not very heavy.

  2. The truck was carrying a heavy load.

  3. The man was six feet tall with a heavy build.

  4. Turnout for the election is expected to be heavy.

  5. We got caught in heavy traffic.

  6. Heavy rains caused flooding in the area.

  7. She was wearing sunglasses and heavy makeup.

  8. The storm caused heavy damage to the building.

  9. The company is facing heavy losses this quarter.

  10. a day of heavy fighting

Origin and Etymology of heavy

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of heavy

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

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heavy

adverb

Definition of heavy

  1. :  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.

Examples of heavy in a Sentence

  1. The smoke hung heavy in the air.

Origin and Etymology of heavy

see 1heavy


First Known Use: before 12th century


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heavy

noun

Definition of heavy

plural

heavies

  1. 1 :  heavyweight 2

  2. 2a :  a theatrical role of a dignified or somber character; also :  an actor playing such a roleb :  a character in a story or play who opposes the hero :  villainc :  one blamed for a particular evil or difficulty :  villaind :  someone or something influential, serious, or important

Examples of heavy in a Sentence

  1. He played the heavy in film after film.

  2. The conference will be attended by several media heavies.

  3. They have become one of the industry heavies.

1897

First Known Use of heavy

1897


HEAVY Defined for English Language Learners

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heavy

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adjective \ˈhe-vē\

Definition of heavy for English Language Learners

  • : having great weight : difficult to lift or move

  • : large in size and weight

  • : having a particular weight

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heavy

adverb

Definition of heavy for English Language Learners

  • : in a heavy way

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heavy

noun

Definition of heavy for English Language Learners

  • : a bad person in a movie or play

  • : a person or thing that is serious, important, or powerful


HEAVY Defined for Kids

heavy

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adjective \ˈhe-vē\

Definition of heavy for Students

heavier

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heaviest

  1. 1 :  having great weight

  2. 2 :  unusually great in amount, force, or effect heavy rain heavy sleep heavy damage

  3. 3 :  made with thick strong material heavy rope

  4. 4 :  dense and thick heavy eyebrows

  5. 5 :  hard to put up with a heavy responsibility

  6. 6 :  sad or troubled It's with a heavy heart that I leave you.

  7. 7 :  having little strength or energy My legs grew heavier with every step.

heaviness

noun


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