- of great weight; hard to lift or carry: a heavy load.
- of great amount, quantity, or size; extremely large; massive: a heavy vote; a heavy snowfall.
- of great force, intensity, turbulence, etc.: a heavy sea.
- of more than the usual or average weight: a heavy person; heavy freight.
- having much weight in proportion to bulk; being of high specific gravity: a heavy metal.
- of major import; grave; serious: a heavy offense.
- deep or intense; profound: a heavy thinker; heavy slumber.
- hard to bear; burdensome; harsh; oppressive: heavy taxes.
- hard to cope with; trying; difficult: a heavy task.
- being as indicated to an unusually great degree: a heavy buyer.
- broad, thick, or coarse; not delicate: heavy lines drawn in charcoal.
- weighted or laden: air heavy with moisture.
- fraught; loaded; charged: words heavy with meaning.
- depressed with trouble or sorrow; showing sorrow; sad: a heavy heart.
- without vivacity or interest; ponderous; dull: a heavy style.
- slow in movement or action; clumsy: a heavy walk.
- loud and deep; sonorous: a heavy sound.
- (of the sky) overcast or cloudy.
- exceptionally dense in substance; insufficiently raised or leavened; thick: heavy doughnuts.
- (of food) not easily digested.
- being in a state of advanced pregnancy; nearing childbirth: heavy with child; heavy with young.
- having a large capacity, capable of doing rough work, or having a large output: a heavy truck.
- producing or refining basic materials, as steel or coal, used in manufacturing: heavy industry.
- sober, serious, or somber: a heavy part in a drama.
- Chemistry. of or relating to an isotope of greater than normal atomic weight, as heavy hydrogen or heavy oxygen, or to a compound containing such an element, as heavy water.
- very good; excellent.
- very serious or important: a really heavy relationship.
- Phonetics. (of a syllable)
- a somber or ennobled theatrical role or character: Iago is the heavy in Othello.
- the theatrical role of a villain.
- an actor who plays a theatrical heavy.
- Military. a gun of great weight or large caliber.
- Slang. a very important or influential person: a reception for government heavies.
Origin of heavy
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Examples from the Web for heavy
“There is a heavy security presence but nothing has changed,” agrees Father Javier.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
In previous decades, hip-hop was something typically preached against, much like rock & roll and heavy metal before it.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
In fact, that candy store is heavy industry, with all the mess that entails.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
A sign peeking out from the heavy forest is barely visible on the trip back.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
A smirking Ramone is shown wearing both a CBGB shirt and heavy gold chains, posing next to an enormous boombox.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
It was rather a heavy tug, for the fish he had caught weighed at least fifty pounds.Brave and Bold
Evidences of heavy rainfall at certain times to be seen everywhere.
The weather is heavy and cloudy, and I hope to get some rain shortly.
A thousand pounds is a heavy venture for one so straitened as I am.
This is especially true when we are face to face with a heavy deficit.
- of comparatively great weighta heavy stone
- having a relatively high densitylead is a heavy metal
- great in yield, quality, or quantityheavy rain; heavy traffic
- great or considerableheavy emphasis
- hard to bear, accomplish, or fulfilheavy demands
- sad or dejected in spirit or moodheavy at heart
- coarse or broada heavy line; heavy features
- (of soil) having a high clay content; cloggy
- solid or fatheavy legs
- (of an industry) engaged in the large-scale complex manufacture of capital goods or extraction of raw materialsCompare light 2 (def. 19)
- serious; grave
- armed or equipped with large weapons, armour, etc
- (of guns, etc) of a large and powerful type
- (of a syllable) having stress or accentuationCompare light 2 (def. 24)
- dull and uninterestinga heavy style
- prodigiousa heavy drinker
- (of cakes, bread, etc) insufficiently leavened
- deep and louda heavy thud
- (of music, literature, etc)
- dramatic and powerful; grandiose
- not immediately comprehensible or appealing
- unpleasant or tedious
- (of rock music) having a powerful beat; hard
- weighted; burdenedheavy with child
- clumsy and slowheavy going
- permeatinga heavy smell
- cloudy or overcast, esp threatening rainheavy skies
- not easily digestiblea heavy meal
- (of an element or compound) being or containing an isotope with greater atomic weight than that of the naturally occurring elementheavy hydrogen; heavy water
- horse racing (of the going on a racecourse) soft and muddy
- slang using, or prepared to use, violence or brutalitythe heavy mob
- heavy on informal using large quantities ofthis car is heavy on petrol
- a villainous role
- an actor who plays such a part
- a large fleet unit, esp an aircraft carrier or battleship
- a large calibre or weighty piece of artillery
- the heavies (usually plural) informal a serious newspaperthe Sunday heavies
- informal a heavyweight boxer, wrestler, etc
- slang a man hired to threaten violence or deter others by his presence
- Scot strong bitter beer
- in a heavy manner; heavilytime hangs heavy
- (in combination)heavy-laden
Word Origin and History for heavy
Old English hefig "heavy, having much weight; important, grave; oppressive; slow, dull," from Proto-Germanic *hafiga "containing something; having weight" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German hebig, Old Norse hofugr, Middle Dutch hevich, Dutch hevig), from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Jazz slang sense of "profound, serious" is from 1937 but would have been comprehensible to an Anglo-Saxon. Heavy industry recorded from 1932. Heavy metal attested by 1839 in chemistry; in nautical jargon from at least 1744 in sense "large-caliber guns on a ship.
While we undervalue the nicely-balanced weight of broadsides which have lately been brought forward with all the grave precision of Cocker, we are well aware of the decided advantages of heavy metal. ["United Services Journal," London, 1830]
As a type of rock music, from 1972.
mid-13c., "something heavy; heaviness," from heavy (adj.). Theatrical sense of "villain" is 1880.