\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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The debate over the child-separation policy is a morally weighty one. Jay Winik, WSJ, "Trump’s Critics Desecrate the Holocaust," 21 June 2018 Without Trump’s intrusion, though, the episode might have seemed weighty. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 3 Recap: A Skeleton Of A Man," 12 June 2018 The book made accusations so weighty that Cambridge University Press, Ms. Dawisha’s longtime publisher, refused to publish it for fear of being sued by Putin or his allies under Britain’s restrictive libel laws. Ellen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, "Karen Dawisha, 68; traced roots of Russian corruption," 20 Apr. 2018 Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor and immigration expert at Santa Clara University School of Law, said Jennings’ senior position in ICE made the post more weighty. Hamed Aleaziz, San Francisco Chronicle, "Immigration chief in San Francisco apologizes for social media post seen as offensive," 30 Mar. 2018 The women, meanwhile, were tackling even weightier subjects under a nearby acacia tree, including birth control, the role of women in the village, and female genital mutilation. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "East Africa proves rich in culture and wildlife on trip of a lifetime," 26 Jan. 2018 Of all the weighty decisions a president makes, signing a proclamation to lower flags to half staff is about symbolism. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump faces flag dilemma: When should it be lowered to half-staff?," 2 July 2018 But a bland communiqué issued afterward made no mention of the weighty decision, which the authorities then kept under wraps for more than five weeks. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "How Xi Jinping Made His Power Grab: With Stealth, Speed and Guile," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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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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