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ponderous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of ponderous

  1. 1 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest fell asleep during the ponderous speech Synonyms of ponderous arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, boring, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearyingWords Related to ponderous aseptic, barren, blah, dullish, pleasureless, prosaic, prosy, soggy, spiritless; blank, earthbound, gray (also grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; annoying, bothersome, irksome, irritating; longsome; palling; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting; common, commonplace, ordinary, tepid, unexceptional, unsurprising, vapid; cumbersome, lumbering, plodding, poky (or pokey)Near Antonyms of ponderous amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), sensational, spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; animating, breathtaking, electrifying, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, hair-raising, inspiring, invigorating, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling; amusing, diverting, entertaining; moving, poignant, touching; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating; mesmerizing, spellbinding; suspenseful; arresting, provocative, tantalizingAntonyms of ponderous absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting

  2. 2 having great weight those ponderous pachyderms more commonly known as elephants Synonyms of ponderous hefty, massive, heavy, weightyWords Related to ponderous burdensome, leaden, lumpish; bulky, elephantine, massy, outsize (also outsized), voluminous; overweight, top-heavy; solid, substantial; ultraheavyNear Antonyms of ponderous airy, ethereal, feathery, fluffy, gossamer, gossamery; flimsy, insubstantial, slight; lightweight, undersized (also undersize), underweight; ultralight, ultralightweightAntonyms of ponderous light, weightless

  3. 3 difficult to use or operate especially because of size, weight, or design lugged a ponderous movie camera all over China Synonyms of ponderous awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, clunky, cranky, cumbrous, cumbersome, ungainly, unhandy, unwieldyWords Related to ponderous uncontrollable, unmanageable; bulky, dinosaurian, dinosauric, elephantine, heavy, hulking, massive; impracticable, impracticalNear Antonyms of ponderous functional, practicable, practical, serviceable, usefulAntonyms of ponderous handy

Synonym Discussion of ponderous

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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