- 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 ponderously
Ponderously using 900 wds to make a pt that cd be made in a sentence or 2.Happy Birthday, Twitter!
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“And that was what I was really waiting for,” the slow voice went on ponderously.Once to Every Man
That was another of his girls, he stated, ponderously and under his breath as usual.'Twixt Land & Sea
John Turner knew him well, and was ponderously silent respecting him.Dross</p>
Henry Seton Merriman
"You have accurately diagnosed the situation," said Milburgh ponderously.The Daffodil Mystery</p>
The other man at the table arose, ponderously, and lumbered toward them.The Jupiter Weapon
Charles Louis Fontenay
- 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 ponderously
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.