\ ˈwā-tē How to pronounce weighty (audio) \
weightier; weightiest

Definition of weighty

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

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weightily \ ˈwā-​tə-​lē How to pronounce weighty (audio) \ adverb
weightiness \ ˈwā-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce weighty (audio) \ 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 weighty in a Sentence

She grabbed a weighty book off the shelf. The film deals with some weighty issues. Those are weighty arguments in your favor. He was a weighty figure in the art world.
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Recent Examples on the Web So the combat while fast, feels very weighty and the weapons are scary and potent with it. Ollie Barder, Forbes, "‘Gundam Hathaway’ Movie Review: Beautifully Animated And Eerily Prophetic," 18 Apr. 2021 More importantly, the Yeti feels weighty and sturdy, with a solid metal frame and a rubberized stand that sat securely on our desk for weeks on end. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "The best computer microphones of 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 But more than 70 cars took advantage of the drive-thru, swinging around at the front doors to pick up a rather weighty tote bag full of brochures, magazines and flyers. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Even in a pandemic, it’s time to think about summer camp," 22 Mar. 2021 Using these new atomic clocks to redefine the length of a second could help physicists conduct new, more accurate experiments testing weighty concepts such as relativity and dark matter, reports Sarah Wells for Inverse. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Atomic Clocks May Someday Redefine the Length of a Second," 1 Apr. 2021 Scott Drew offered a weighty explanation behind coaches’ casual presentations on the sidelines during the NCAA Tournament. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Baylor Bears lean on talented transfers in drive for national title," 26 Mar. 2021 Such weighty questions require careful thought, the sort that inspired the Renaissance greats to carve thinking men out of stone. Washington Post, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Which of our big boys has the power to win?," 31 Mar. 2021 The kids were like sponges, absorbing their parents’ and teachers’ stress until the burden was too weighty for play. Los Angeles Times, "They were battling the psychological toll of the pandemic. Their therapist was, too," 26 Mar. 2021 After a long, hard day on the golf course, a man’s mind turns to less weighty matters such as freedom, accountability and what to do about assault rifles made for killing people. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: As March Madness continues, so does NCAA Transfer Madness," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of weighty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of weighty was in the 15th century

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27 Apr 2021

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“Weighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weighty. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of weighty

: having a lot of weight
: very important and serious
: having the power to influence the opinions of other people


\ ˈwā-tē How to pronounce weighty (audio) \
weightier; weightiest

Kids Definition of weighty

1 : having much weight : heavy
2 : very important a weighty discussion

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