weighty

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for weighty

Synonyms

grave, heavy, serious

Antonyms

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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Seeds are much less weighty and spacious than already-prepared food. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds," 21 Sep. 2018 On the Razer, Bumblebee Farm looks cozy and lush. Footsteps are weighty, and the cows, goats, and sheep sound alive. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 Ethereal models wore hair ribbons, thick velvet dresses and weighty embroidered capes, sometimes holding large bouquets of white flowers. Washington Post, "Death and glitter: Gucci hosts France show in Roman ruins," 2 June 2018 But the best way to wrest the mind from weighty fixations? Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 McNair quickly became one of the NFL’s most influential owners and one who was willing to disagree with his colleagues on weighty issues. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Texans Owner Bob McNair Brought the NFL Back to Houston," 23 Nov. 2018 Saudi Arabia needs to cover weighty domestic spending and attract investors to a partial sale of its state oil company, Aramco. Fortune, "'OPEC Is at It Again.' Trump Slams Cartel for Inflating Oil Prices," 20 Apr. 2018 The weighty, intense Disasterpeace score underlines the film’s sense of dread, but mostly, Mitchell gets a long series of unsettling moments out of simply having someone in the background of a shot moving toward the foreground. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 President Trump met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday with Vladimir Putin, as the two leaders tackled weighty issues amid political pressure back home for Trump to get tough with the Russian president. Greg Wilson, Fox News, "Trump, Putin hold historic summit at Finland's presidential palace," 16 July 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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weighty

adjective

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

weighty

adjective
\ ˈwā-tē \
weightier; weightiest

Kids Definition of weighty

1 : having much weight : heavy
2 : very important a weighty discussion

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