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

Choose the Right Synonym for heavy

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

Adding more insulation and padding makes planes quieter, but also heavier, thus less fuel-efficient. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Noisiest Parts of the Plane," 1 May 2019 While potatoes are cooking, season chicken with ¼ tsp each salt and pepper and place in a large, heavy skillet, skin side down. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad," 29 Apr. 2019 The heavier, less powerful, less grippy electric cars were in no danger of eclipsing the lap times of their vastly more expensive hybrid cousins, and no one makes the classic cars use a shorter layout for that event. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 All of that sent heavy, hostile messages to North Korea. Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 2018 Hadid often offsets them with designer-heavy pieces, such as a Fendi tee, or a graphic Versace silk top. Vogue, "Exploring Gigi Hadid’s Modern Mastery of Denim," 23 Apr. 2019 The big left-hander worked effectively with his cut fastball and slider against a righty-heavy lineup. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 269.25 points, or 1%, to 26412.30, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite added 36.80 points, or 0.5%, to 7984.16. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Higher as Bank Earnings Provide Lift," 12 Apr. 2019 But even though the show takes on heavy subject matter, there’s plenty of lighthearted action behind the scenes. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger" Season 2 Throws Fresh Villains in the Mix and New Social Issues to Tackle," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Privacy - Terms The Royals went mound heavy early, with college pitchers taken with the first five selections. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals draft pick Eric Cole helps push Arkansas to College World Series success," 20 June 2018 At the same time, just to keep in mind, Google is going heavy into photos. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Imgur avoids the ugliness of social media," 26 Dec. 2018 The dominant view favored heavy-handed, top-down planning. Adam O’neal, WSJ, "The Anti-Bill Gates," 7 Dec. 2018 These games are a bit older, and many have been available for cheap in past Humble bundles or Steam sales, but make no mistake: This is a heavy-hitting, long-lasting group of games. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The $12 Humble WB Games Classics Bundle brings the hits with Batman, Mad Max, and Mordor," 24 Oct. 2018 Even so, many experts on the region and Uighur activists say unrest there is driven more by China’s heavy-handed policing, strict limits on religious activity, and preferential policies for non-Uighur migrants to the region. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China’s Uighur Camps Swell as Beijing Widens the Dragnet," 17 Aug. 2018 The team would be top heavy, but with some shrewd maneuvering the Lakers could have their non-taxpayer mid-level exception available, a nearly $9 million chip to bring in another solid free agent. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Examining the Ripple Effects of LeBron James Forgoing Player Option," 29 June 2018 This picture is a heavy-handed pursuit of diminishing returns, given that the male lead, Vincent Elbaz, is equally unappealing as a creepy alpha male and a befuddled representative of oppressed manhood. New York Times, "In ‘Set It Up’ and 2 Other Netflix Comedies, No One Emerges Unscathed," 14 June 2018 Go heavy on the garnishes: Slice a bagful of lemons into wheels and wedges and grab a few bunches of fresh herbs. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Strength: 6 or fewer reps, 2-6 sets Developing maximal strength requires lifting heavy, generally for 6 reps or fewer. SELF, "Your Guide to Navigating the Free Weights at the Gym," 12 Jan. 2019 But why does heavy rainfall equate to a rise in these bugs? Madeline Farber, Fox News, "South Texas residents see increase in mosquitoes, some reportedly quarter-sized," 15 Sep. 2018 Watch as several entertainment heavy-hitters take (well-meaning) swipes at the Die Hard star. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the TV Shows and Movies You Need to Watch the Week of July 26," 29 July 2018 He and and Bryce Dallas Howard are back, running, running, making eyes, making the best of their semi-disposable plot machines disguised as characters, and generally lightening a heavy digital effects load. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' review: Raptors delight while humans make a mess of things," 20 June 2018 Fill a heavy-bottom saucepan with 2 inches of water. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: How to make the richest, creamiest scrambled eggs," 30 Apr. 2018 Instead, the first three episodes are extra-heavy on incident, with a multitude of sins committed by broadly brushed supporting characters. Hank Stuever, chicagotribune.com, "A gruff Kevin Costner has a hard time corralling 'Yellowstone's' wild herd of subplots," 14 June 2018 As the Los Angeles Times points out, that's a lot of heavy manufacturing planned for a region that is often derided for chasing away factories and large headquarters operations with high costs and regulations. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile silo," 19 Oct. 2018 PortAventura Think of PortAventura as Spain’s take on Disney: heavy on the cheesy branding, extortionately priced food, but a really, really good time. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018

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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

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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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