\ 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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Big cars are this brand’s wheelhouse, but the Cullinan’s weighty fortitude had to be a dream assignment for its engineers, designers and marketers: Build a superluxury SUV worthy of the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019 The big ones—Sampoerna (owned by Philip Morris), Gudang Garam, Djarum and Bentoel (owned by British American Tobacco)—form a weighty lobby. The Economist, "Indonesia seeks to curb e-cigarettes, but not the normal sort," 1 Aug. 2019 The chips were weighty, fryer-warm and well-seasoned, which was the case on my later visit, as well. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Potentially potent: Felipe Rodriguez Tequila House in Thornton Park | Review," 24 July 2019 For an adolescent girl, a mother’s words are weighty, interpreted with a hypersensitive, vulnerable lens. Diana Kapp, Washington Post, "Every year I write my daughter a letter. They’ve helped her find herself.," 11 July 2019 Some of the film’s most tender, moving sequences built on weighty themes—themes of grief, familial love, and identity—are balanced with disarming humor. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When a Lie Becomes Your Breakout Film," 14 July 2019 Not all of his fare is so weighty; Mr. Dud’s most popular interview, with more than 24 million views, involved a long discussion about penises with a young woman who is an Instagram celebrity in Russia. New York Times, "Looking for Free Speech in Russia? Try YouTube," 9 June 2019 This superficiality serves little purpose, though, other than to distract from weightier themes. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, "In Susan Richards Shreve’s ‘More News Tomorrow,’ a woman takes her family on a harrowing adventure," 6 June 2019 All things considered, this is a pretty strong haul, netting two firsts, two swap options and a still-useful player on a less-weighty long-term contract in Paul. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Trade Grades: Thunder, Rockets Make Out Well in Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul Swap," 11 July 2019

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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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