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heavily

[hev-uh-lee] /ˈhɛv ə li/
adverb
1.
with a great weight or burden:
a heavily loaded wagon.
2.
in a manner suggestive of carrying a great weight; ponderously; lumberingly:
He walked heavily across the room.
3.
in an oppressive manner:
Cares weigh heavily upon him.
4.
severely; greatly; intensely:
to suffer heavily.
5.
densely; thickly:
heavily wooded.
6.
in large amounts or in great quantities; very much:
It rained heavily on Tuesday.
7.
without animation or vigor; in a dull manner; sluggishly.
Origin of heavily
900
before 900; Middle English hevyly, Old English hefiglīce. See heavy, -ly
Related forms
overheavily, adverb
unheavily, adverb
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  • His tall figure was proportionately broad, and he was heavily fleshed.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "Them poplars out there ought to be taken away," he said heavily.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • His dark, heavily fringed eyes looked at her from a pale face.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "It comes too late," sighed Caleb, heavily; and the letter fell from his hands.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Why have I been so heavily visited, and why have you gone free?

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Word Origin and History for heavily
adv.

Old English hefiglice "violently, intensely; sorrowfully; sluggishly," from hefig (see heavy) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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