- of great weight; heavy; massive.
- awkward or unwieldy: He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
- dull and labored: a ponderous dissertation.
Origin of ponderous
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Examples from the Web for ponderous
It was a ponderous labyrinth of bolts, locks, and steel doors, making it an almost impregnable fortress.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Archer plays the lead in a ponderous but thoughtful one-act play penned by her husband, Terry Jastrow.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever
August 19, 2014
In “Dirty 30,” there are no ponderous attempts to chart the entire history of the crisis in order to set the scene.“Dirty 30”: Talking AIDS To The Basketball Wives Set
February 16, 2014
No ponderous adult consideration is possible–rather, adolescent snickering prevails.What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists
January 14, 2014
Yet even his staffers acknowledge he is a wooden candidate, a result of a long career in the ponderous halls of the House.Gomez or Go Home: The Massachusetts Senate Race Is Down to the Wire—and It Matters Big Time
June 21, 2013
The man who faced the redhead was as light as his companion was ponderous.
Andy could see now that it was a roadster, low-hung, ponderous, to keep the road.
For he was ponderous, spiritually and mentally, as well as materially.Within the Law
They made way for the man and his ponderous keys, and entrance to the college was gained.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Princes of the blood royal had sat in the ponderous carved oak-chairs.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- of great weight; heavy; huge
- (esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
- dull or laboriousa ponderous oration
Word Origin and History for ponderous
c.1400, "thick;" early 15c., "heavy, weighty, clumsy," from Latin ponderosus "of great weight; full of meaning," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weight" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "tedious" is first recorded 1704. Related: Ponderously; ponderousness.