\ 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

Other Words from weighty

weightily \ ˈwā-​tə-​lē How to pronounce weighty (audio) \ adverb
weightiness \ ˈwā-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce weighty (audio) \ 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

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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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First Known Use of weighty

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

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“Weighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weighty. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ 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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