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heavy

adjective

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1 having great weight
  • this trunk full of books is much too heavy for one person to lift

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2 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • the study of history doesn't have to be all about dull heavy reading and the memorization of dates

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3 containing much seasoning, fat, or sugar
  • avoid heavy desserts like cheesecake and pecan pie

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4 covered over by clouds
  • heavy skies threatening rain

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7 having a matter of importance as its topic
  • got into a heavy discussion about death and the afterlife

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10 containing unborn young within the body
  • the heifer was heavy with young and soon would be birthing

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heavy

noun

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1 a mean, evil, or unprincipled person
  • he played the heavy in film after film until being cast against type as the romantic lead in a comedy

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2 one of high position or importance within a group
  • in the field of secondary education, she definitely ranks as one of the heavies

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Frequently Asked Questions About heavy

How does the adjective heavy differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of heavy are cumbersome, cumbrous, ponderous, and weighty. While all these words 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

How are the words cumbrous and cumbersome related as synonyms of heavy?

Both 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

When could ponderous be used to replace heavy?

The meanings of ponderous and heavy largely overlap; however, ponderous implies having great weight because of size and massiveness with resulting great inertia.

ponderous elephants in a circus parade

Where would weighty be a reasonable alternative to heavy?

In some situations, the words weighty and heavy are roughly equivalent. However, weighty suggests having actual and not just relative weight.

a load of weighty boxes

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The first known use of heavy was before the 12th century

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“Heavy.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/heavy. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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