\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for weighty


grave, heavy, serious


light, unserious

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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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Aside from the financial toll—which even with financing options is still weighty—egg freezing levees a physical tax. Hannah Selinger, Glamour, "I Spent $17K Freezing Eggs—And I Regret Every Penny," 22 Apr. 2019 Sure, both the Spectre x360 15 and XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 are convertibles with touchscreens, which tend to be weightier. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Kaby Lake-G lives! We spotted the Core i7-8705G in Acer's new ConceptD 5 laptop for creators," 12 Apr. 2019 But materials are generally outdated – meaning even small children have no choice but to be outfitted with limbs that are weighty, hardly functional, and seemingly cosmetic. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Yemen's war on body parts sparks cottage industry in prosthetic limbs," 13 Aug. 2018 Others were weighty; his Second Symphony was a song cycle to texts by Georg Trakl and Sylvia Plath. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66," 9 July 2018 Richer and weightier than the other wines but still finishing dry, this wine offers tropical fruit, lime and a tiny kiss of honey. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Don't love riesling? The Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape," 7 Feb. 2018 Though skip the weighty necklaces and chokers in favor of a fun crossbody bag. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 Both roles are weightier than those usually granted to young actresses, and showcase MacKenzie and Lawrence's range as performers. refinery29.com, "Please Stop Calling This Actress "The New Jennifer Lawrence"," 3 July 2018 The 2016 Pet Sounds from Jess Miller in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley, made entirely of pinot noir, was creamy and rich, much weightier than some of the others, yet spicy and savory. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Bubbles, With Joy: Pétillant Naturel’s Triumphant Return," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of weighty

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

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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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