adjective, heav·i·er, heav·i·est.
- very good; excellent.
- very serious or important: a really heavy relationship.
noun, plural heav·ies.
- heaviside layer,
- heaviside unit function,
- heaviside, oliver,
- heavy artillery,
- heavy bomber,
- heavy breather,
- heavy chain,
- heavy chain disease
Origin of heavy
Examples from the Web for heaviest
At the same time, the heaviest parts—the main fuselage, the engines and wings—sink to the bottom.
He fought alongside Russian forces in the heaviest fighting of the brief war at Tskhinvali, forcing Georgian forces to retreat.
I was far and away the heaviest kid all through elementary school, junior high, and high school.
For now though, the TOW is the heaviest American-made weapon seen on the Syrian battlefield.The Big Weapons that the U.S. May Be Secretly Supplying to the Syrian Rebels|Thomas Gibbons-Neff|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, the heaviest attacks on Hagel were directed at his views on Israel and his incautious comments about its supporters.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington|J. J. Goldberg|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Willing to take the heaviest blow, if only he might land as heavy a smash in return, Dan tore away at his foe.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
If so, the Bar may indeed seriously block the heaviest commerce.The Columbia River|William Denison Lyman
"The less reason, then, for her being a thief," Gilder grumbled in his heaviest voice.Within the Law|Marvin Dana
This helm is one of the heaviest in existence, for it weighs 25 lb.Armour & Weapons|Charles John Ffoulkes
The period of largest water supply usually nearly coincides with that of heaviest lighting load, but this is not always true.Electric Transmission of Water Power|Alton D. Adams
adjective heavier or heaviest
- armed or equipped with large weapons, armour, etc
- (of guns, etc) of a large and powerful type
- dramatic and powerful; grandiose
- not immediately comprehensible or appealing
- unpleasant or tedious
- (of rock music) having a powerful beat; hard
noun plural heavies
- a villainous role
- an actor who plays such a part
- a large fleet unit, esp an aircraft carrier or battleship
- a large calibre or weighty piece of artillery
- in a heavy manner; heavilytime hangs heavy
- (in combination)heavy-laden
Word Origin for heavy
mid-13c., "something heavy; heaviness," from heavy (adj.). Theatrical sense of "villain" is 1880.
Old English hefig "heavy, having much weight; important, grave; oppressive; slow, dull," from Proto-Germanic *hafiga "containing something; having weight" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German hebig, Old Norse hofugr, Middle Dutch hevich, Dutch hevig), from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Jazz slang sense of "profound, serious" is from 1937 but would have been comprehensible to an Anglo-Saxon. Heavy industry recorded from 1932. Heavy metal attested by 1839 in chemistry; in nautical jargon from at least 1744 in sense "large-caliber guns on a ship.
While we undervalue the nicely-balanced weight of broadsides which have lately been brought forward with all the grave precision of Cocker, we are well aware of the decided advantages of heavy metal. ["United Services Journal," London, 1830]
As a type of rock music, from 1972.
In addition to the idioms beginning with heavy
- heavy going
- heavy hand, with a
- heavy heart, with a
- heavy hitter
- hot and heavy
- make heavy weather of
- play the heavy
- time hangs heavy