\ 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 weightily (audio) \ adverb
weightiness \ ˈwā-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce weightiness (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

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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 Sangiacomo Vin Gris Roberts Road Vineyard Petaluma Gap ($30, 12.5%): This rosé of Pinot Noir is fuller and weightier than the other wines here. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Rosé is the only thing keeping me sane during the coronavirus shutdown," 21 May 2020 The book contains numerous charts that run from the whimsical to the weighty. Marjoleine Kars, Washington Post, "A Washington biography that skips his manliness and reveals the man," 28 Feb. 2020 Where the situation is still serious, but slightly less weighty, because the reminders to not touch your face are actually fun. Ali Cherkis, Wired, "Shuttered: Mathery's Technicolor Coronavirus PSAs," 8 May 2020 Inspired by Kaling’s own childhood, the show takes viewers through the challenges, both mundane and weighty, that come with being a young girl of color in high school today. Anna Purna Kambhampaty, Time, "'I Wish I Had a Show Like This Growing Up.' Breakout Star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on the Power of Netflix's Never Have I Ever," 27 Apr. 2020 Silver seemed to acknowledge how weighty these historical matters can be, at least within the N.B.A. community, in a recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The N.B.A. Should Crown a Champion. But Will the Title Count?," 8 Apr. 2020 With a resurgent conservative bloc now on the court, that question is more weighty than ever. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court’s War Over Jury Trials Could Change Everything," 21 Apr. 2020 The quick, linear steering is weighty, but quickly reacts as if attached to your synapses. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Would you pay $212,000 for a Nissan? You might if it’s the 2020 GT-R Nismo," 4 Apr. 2020 Unlike some domains in which AI has been applied, in biomedicine the consequences of failure are weighty. Amit Kaushal, Scientific American, "The Talent Gap Holding Back Digital Medicine," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of weighty

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

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“Weighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weighty. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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