adjective, heav·i·er, heav·i·est.
- very good; excellent.
- very serious or important: a really heavy relationship.
noun, plural heav·ies.
Origin of heavy
Synonyms for heavy
Related Words for heaviestbulky, huge, excessive, awkward, unwieldy, big, fat, large, burdensome, substantial, massive, hefty, cumbersome, abundant, considerable, weighty, tedious, onerous, tough, harsh
Examples from the Web for heaviest
Contemporary Examples of heaviest
At the same time, the heaviest parts—the main fuselage, the engines and wings—sink to the bottom.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
He fought alongside Russian forces in the heaviest fighting of the brief war at Tskhinvali, forcing Georgian forces to retreat.East Ukraine: Back in the USSR
November 19, 2014
I was far and away the heaviest kid all through elementary school, junior high, and high school.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
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
April 25, 2014
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
Historical Examples of heaviest
They were some way from home, and Giles was the biggest and heaviest of them all.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"The less reason, then, for her being a thief," Gilder grumbled in his heaviest voice.Within the Law
The yoke of the Genoese continued longest, and was the heaviest.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
At this, half a score reached him their staves, and he took the stoutest and heaviest of them all.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The most numerous shareholders, mark you—not the heaviest shareholders.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
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