weighty

adjective \ ˈwā-tē \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of weighty

weightier; weightiest
1 a : of much importance or consequence : momentous
  • a weighty problem
b : solemn
2 a : weighing a considerable amount
b : heavy in proportion to its bulk
  • weighty metal
3 : powerful, telling
  • weighty arguments

weightily

play \ˈwā-tə-lē\ adverb

weightiness

play \ˈwā-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of weighty in a Sentence

  1. She grabbed a weighty book off the shelf.

  2. The film deals with some weighty issues.

  3. Those are weighty arguments in your favor.

  4. He was a weighty figure in the art world.

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First Known Use of weighty

15th century

Synonym Discussion of weighty

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

WEIGHTY Defined for English Language Learners

weighty

adjective

Definition of weighty for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of weight

  • : very important and serious

  • : having the power to influence the opinions of other people


WEIGHTY Defined for Kids

weighty

adjective \ ˈwā-tē \

Definition of weighty for Students

weightier; weightiest
1 : having much weight : heavy
2 : very important
  • a weighty discussion


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