adjective, heav·i·er, heav·i·est.

noun, plural heav·ies.


Nearby words

  1. heaviness,
  2. heaviside,
  3. heaviside layer,
  4. heaviside unit function,
  5. heaviside, oliver,
  6. heavy artillery,
  7. heavy bomber,
  8. heavy breather,
  9. heavy chain,
  10. heavy chain disease

Origin of heavy

before 900; Middle English hevi, Old English hefig, equivalent to hef(e) weight (akin to heave) + -ig -y1

1. ponderous, massive, weighty. 5. dense. 9. onerous, grievous, cumbersome; difficult, severe. 14. Heavy, momentous, weighty refer to anything having a considerable amount of figurative weight. Heavy suggests the carrying of a figurative burden: words heavy with menace. Momentous emphasizes the idea of great and usually serious consequences: a momentous occasion, statement. Weighty, seldom used literally, refers to something heavy with importance, often concerned with public affairs, which may require deliberation and careful judgment: a weighty matter, problem. 15. gloomy, mournful, dejected, despondent, downcast, downhearted. 16. tedious, tiresome, wearisome, burdensome, boring. 17. sluggish, lumbering. 19. lowering, gloomy.

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British Dictionary definitions for heaviest


adjective heavier or heaviest

of comparatively great weighta heavy stone
having a relatively high densitylead is a heavy metal
great in yield, quality, or quantityheavy rain; heavy traffic
great or considerableheavy emphasis
hard to bear, accomplish, or fulfilheavy demands
sad or dejected in spirit or moodheavy at heart
coarse or broada heavy line; heavy features
(of soil) having a high clay content; cloggy
solid or fatheavy legs
(of an industry) engaged in the large-scale complex manufacture of capital goods or extraction of raw materialsCompare light 2 (def. 19)
serious; grave
  1. armed or equipped with large weapons, armour, etc
  2. (of guns, etc) of a large and powerful type
(of a syllable) having stress or accentuationCompare light 2 (def. 24)
dull and uninterestinga heavy style
prodigiousa heavy drinker
(of cakes, bread, etc) insufficiently leavened
deep and louda heavy thud
(of music, literature, etc)
  1. dramatic and powerful; grandiose
  2. not immediately comprehensible or appealing
  1. unpleasant or tedious
  2. wonderful
  3. (of rock music) having a powerful beat; hard
weighted; burdenedheavy with child
clumsy and slowheavy going
permeatinga heavy smell
cloudy or overcast, esp threatening rainheavy skies
not easily digestiblea heavy meal
(of an element or compound) being or containing an isotope with greater atomic weight than that of the naturally occurring elementheavy hydrogen; heavy water
horse racing (of the going on a racecourse) soft and muddy
slang using, or prepared to use, violence or brutalitythe heavy mob
heavy on informal using large quantities ofthis car is heavy on petrol

noun plural heavies

  1. a villainous role
  2. an actor who plays such a part
  1. a large fleet unit, esp an aircraft carrier or battleship
  2. a large calibre or weighty piece of artillery
the heavies (usually plural) informal a serious newspaperthe Sunday heavies
informal a heavyweight boxer, wrestler, etc
slang a man hired to threaten violence or deter others by his presence
Scot strong bitter beer


  1. in a heavy manner; heavilytime hangs heavy
  2. (in combination)heavy-laden
Derived Formsheavily, adverbheaviness, noun

Word Origin for heavy

Old English hefig; related to hebban to heave, Old High German hebīg

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Word Origin and History for heaviest
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Idioms and Phrases with heaviest


In addition to the idioms beginning with heavy

  • heavy going
  • heavy hand, with a
  • heavy heart, with a
  • heavy hitter

also see:

  • hot and heavy
  • make heavy weather of
  • play the heavy
  • time hangs heavy
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