Thesaurus

ponderous

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of ponderous

1 causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
  • fell asleep during the ponderous speech

Synonyms for ponderous

Words Related to ponderous

Near Antonyms for ponderous

Antonyms for ponderous

2 having great weight
  • those ponderous pachyderms more commonly known as elephants

Synonyms for ponderous

Words Related to ponderous

Near Antonyms for ponderous

Antonyms for ponderous

3 difficult to use or operate especially because of size, weight, or design
  • lugged a ponderous movie camera all over China

Synonyms for ponderous

Words Related to ponderous

Near Antonyms for ponderous

Antonyms for ponderous

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About ponderous

How does the adjective ponderous differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of ponderous are cumbersome, cumbrous, heavy, and weighty. While all these words mean "having great weight," ponderous implies having great weight because of size and massiveness with resulting great inertia.

ponderous elephants in a circus parade

How do cumbrous and cumbersome relate to one another, in the sense of ponderous?

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 heavy be used to replace ponderous?

The synonyms heavy and ponderous are sometimes interchangeable, but heavy implies that something has greater density or thickness than the average of its kind or class.

a heavy child for his age

When is it sensible to use weighty instead of ponderous?

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

a load of weighty boxes

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ponderous

Time Traveler for ponderous

Time Traveler

The first known use of ponderous was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast about ponderous

Cite this Entry

“Ponderous.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ponderous. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on ponderous

Dictionary: Definition of ponderous

Nglish: Translation of ponderous for Spanish Speakers

Comments on ponderous

What made you want to look up ponderous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!