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
Examples from the Web for heaviness
Contemporary Examples of heaviness
So the heaviness was not so much a literary conceit but something I wanted to talk about.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Something heavy and sad came over Abu Hassar and the heaviness of that thing came over me.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
He saw himself as a deep-inside player in the intelligence world, and the heaviness of the responsibility was not sitting well.Bradley Manning’s Political Dreams: New Biography of Accused WikiLeaker
May 2, 2012
And later, we want to see people in various stages of working it off, or at the very least, grappling with heaviness.TV's New Super-Sized Heroine
July 13, 2009
Historical Examples of heaviness
Some of the heaviness of his spirit always left him at sight of the little house.
But, what with the heat and with heaviness of spirit, he did not notice her depression until he rose.
Life is pleasant enough to me; dull and full of heaviness to you.Barnaby Rudge
Mr. Quinn, when he was told of the heaviness of Henry's slumber, said "Let him lie on!"Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
These were only light spells of heaviness, replete with vague charm that calmed her nerves.Therese Raquin
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