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[hev-ee-foo t-id] /ˈhɛv iˈfʊt ɪd/
clumsy or ponderous, as in movement or expressiveness:
music that is heavy-footed and uninspired.
Origin of heavy-footed
First recorded in 1615-25
Related forms
heavy-footedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • heavy-footed, ponderous, Young Denny gave way before that attack.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • We want no longer any heavy-footed, melancholy service from the negro.

  • It represented a heavy-footed person, incapable of further agility.

    The Marriages Henry James
  • Aunt Alice threw off her hat and walked, heavy-footed, into the living-room.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • After Desire departed for Reno, the winter dragged along, heavy-footed.

    The Preliminaries Cornelia A. P. Comer
  • And I would have to drag about, heavy-footed, in a skimpy muslin!

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Certainly it could not be Mrs. Cupp, for she was heavy-footed.

  • But his dance with some faded, heavy-footed woman was not to be.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • But gradually the sounds died down, till there came the heavy-footed thud of the beaky.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for heavy-footed


having a heavy or clumsy tread
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