- 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!
March 21, 2013
“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
Henry Seton Merriman
"You have accurately diagnosed the situation," said Milburgh ponderously.The Daffodil Mystery
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.