\ ˈwā-tē \
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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Other words from weighty

weightily \ˈwā-tə-lē \ adverb
weightiness \ˈwā-tē-nəs \ 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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Wade, published in April, reads like a book a laureate should write; these are poems that draw on weighty subjects and hinge on ideas of belonging. Adrianna Smith, The Atlantic, "What Tracy K. Smith Sees in America," 9 June 2018 Such concrete signs of change may, in the end, prove weightier than protests about the slide towards dictatorship. The Economist, "Democracy is foundering in the Maldives," 21 June 2018 But unlike those taut little thrillers, Hereditary is a roomy 127 minutes long, perhaps seeking the heft of a weighty drama (Aster cites Mike Leigh as an influence). David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Close-to-Home Horror of Hereditary," 7 June 2018 Both take the weighty matters at hand and dissolve them into the familiar fog of politics and bias and fakery. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 July 2018 That weighty responsibility now rests with the members of the jury. Max Londberg, kansascity, "On trial in Kansas for murdering her husband, defense points finger at her son," 6 July 2018 But there are indications that these weighty issues are being trumped by the soccer. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How Russia Gave Itself a Facelift for the World Cup," 4 July 2018 Combat in God of War is weighty and satisfying, with an array of skills and moves that, remarkably, make fights feel both complex and streamlined. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "God of War," 20 Apr. 2018 The true danger of Americans’ fading interest in local politics is not, as Hopkins would have it, that weighty matters like roads or schools will go ignored. Yascha Mounk, The New Yorker, "The Rise of McPolitics," 12 Jan. 2015

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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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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 \
weightier; weightiest

Kids Definition of weighty

1 : having much weight : heavy

2 : very important a weighty discussion

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