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weighty

[wey-tee] /ˈweɪ ti/
adjective, weightier, weightiest.
1.
having considerable weight; heavy; ponderous:
a weighty bundle.
2.
burdensome or troublesome:
the weightier cares of sovereignty.
3.
important or momentous:
weighty negotiations.
4.
having or exerting influence, power, etc.; influential:
a weighty merchant of Boston.
Origin of weighty
1480-1490
First recorded in 1480-90; See origin at weight, -y1
Related forms
weightily, adverb
weightiness, noun
unweighty, adjective
Synonyms
3. significant, serious, grave, consequential. See heavy.
Antonyms
1, 3. light. 3. unimportant.
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  • "Let them be supplied with all that is heavy and weighty in the ship," said Sir Nigel.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He brought his chair to a level and pounded the desk with a weighty fist.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And if they essay to do so, why should not my word be at least as weighty as theirs?

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • But Mr Tite Barnacle was a buttoned-up man, and consequently a weighty one.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • His words on the subject are weighty, and worthy of being held in remembrance.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for weighty

weighty

/ˈweɪtɪ/
adjective weightier, weightiest
1.
having great weight
2.
important or momentous
3.
causing anxiety or worry
Derived Forms
weightily, adverb
weightiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for weighty
adj.

"important, serious, grave," late 15c., from weight + -y (2).

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