[ hev-ee ]
/ ˈhɛv i /

adjective, heav·i·er, heav·i·est.

noun, plural heav·ies.


Origin of heavy

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


5 dense.
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 heaviness

/ (ˈhɛvɪ) /

adjective heavier or heaviest

noun plural heavies


  1. in a heavy manner; heavilytime hangs heavy
  2. (in combination)heavy-laden

Derived forms of heavy

heavily, adverbheaviness, noun

Word Origin for heavy

Old English hefig; related to hebban to heave, Old High German hebīg
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Idioms and Phrases with heaviness


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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