of great weight; hard to lift or carry: a heavy load.
of great amount, quantity, or size; extremely large; massive: a heavy vote; a heavy snowfall.
of great force, intensity, turbulence, etc.: a heavy sea.
of more than the usual or average weight: a heavy person; heavy freight.
having much weight in proportion to bulk; being of high specific gravity: a heavy metal.
of major import; grave; serious: a heavy offense.
deep or intense; profound: a heavy thinker; heavy slumber.
hard to bear; burdensome; harsh; oppressive: heavy taxes.
hard to cope with; trying; difficult: a heavy task.
being as indicated to an unusually great degree: a heavy buyer.
broad, thick, or coarse; not delicate: heavy lines drawn in charcoal.
weighted or laden: air heavy with moisture.
fraught; loaded; charged: words heavy with meaning.
depressed with trouble or sorrow; showing sorrow; sad: a heavy heart.
without vivacity or interest; ponderous; dull: a heavy style.
slow in movement or action; clumsy: a heavy walk.
loud and deep; sonorous: a heavy sound.
(of the sky) overcast or cloudy.
exceptionally dense in substance; insufficiently raised or leavened; thick: heavy doughnuts.
(of food) not easily digested.
being in a state of advanced pregnancy; nearing childbirth: heavy with child;heavy with young.
having a large capacity, capable of doing rough work, or having a large output: a heavy truck.
producing or refining basic materials, as steel or coal, used in manufacturing: heavy industry.
sober, serious, or somber: a heavy part in a drama.
Chemistry. of or relating to an isotope of greater than normal atomic weight, as heavy hydrogen or heavy oxygen, or to a compound containing such an element, as heavy water.
very good; excellent.
very serious or important: a really heavy relationship.
Phonetics. (of a syllable)
a somber or ennobled theatrical role or character: Iago is the heavy in Othello.
the theatrical role of a villain.
an actor who plays a theatrical heavy.
Military. a gun of great weight or large caliber.
Slang. a very important or influential person: a reception for government heavies.
- heav·i·ness, noun
- o·ver·heav·i·ness, noun
- o·ver·heav·y, adjective
- ul·tra·heav·y, adjective
- un·heav·i·ness, noun
- un·heav·y, adjective
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How to use heavy in a sentence
On heavier, more powerful machines, good tires are even more important, as they let you access more of the ATV’s power.
Please note this is a heavy item at approximately 47 pounds.
Smooth binding and rounded corners keep this notebook sturdy after heavy use.
Tech always carries a heavy weight, but that increases markedly when investors bid shares up.3 ways tech stocks resemble the 2000 bubble—and one way they don’t | Anne Sraders | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
She endorsed Medicare-for-all and a Green New Deal, suggesting that a suburb-heavy state that has trended toward Democrats could have more liberal representation in Washington.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic | Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
The clichés about football-obsessed husbands and frustrated wives are pretty heavy-handed.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits | Emily Shire | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“There is a heavy security presence but nothing has changed,” agrees Father Javier.
The running machines are a gloomy chorus of heavy-footed stomping.
“JSwipe is currently under heavy load,” flashed across the screen, one night as a friend and I looked at it.
Up till then I was just a dog-assed heavy, one of the posse.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The policemen looked dull and heavy, as if never again would any one be criminal, and as if they had come to know it.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Drone: the largest tube of a bag-pipe, giving forth a dull heavy tone.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
Hunter-Weston despite his heavy losses will be advancing to-morrow which should divert pressure from you.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
heavy firing continued all that afternoon, inflicting great loss on the rebels, whilst the Spaniards lost one soldier.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The keen resentment had faded from his face, but an immense reproach was there—a heavy, helpless, appealing reproach.Confidence | Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for heavy
of comparatively great weight: a heavy stone
having a relatively high density: lead is a heavy metal
great in yield, quality, or quantity: heavy rain; heavy traffic
great or considerable: heavy emphasis
hard to bear, accomplish, or fulfil: heavy demands
sad or dejected in spirit or mood: heavy at heart
coarse or broad: a heavy line; heavy features
(of soil) having a high clay content; cloggy
solid or fat: heavy legs
(of an industry) engaged in the large-scale complex manufacture of capital goods or extraction of raw materials: Compare light 2 (def. 19)
armed or equipped with large weapons, armour, etc
(of guns, etc) of a large and powerful type
(of a syllable) having stress or accentuation: Compare light 2 (def. 24)
dull and uninteresting: a heavy style
prodigious: a heavy drinker
(of cakes, bread, etc) insufficiently leavened
deep and loud: a heavy thud
(of music, literature, etc)
dramatic and powerful; grandiose
not immediately comprehensible or appealing
unpleasant or tedious
(of rock music) having a powerful beat; hard
weighted; burdened: heavy with child
clumsy and slow: heavy going
permeating: a heavy smell
cloudy or overcast, esp threatening rain: heavy skies
not easily digestible: a heavy meal
(of an element or compound) being or containing an isotope with greater atomic weight than that of the naturally occurring element: heavy hydrogen; heavy water
horse racing (of the going on a racecourse) soft and muddy
slang using, or prepared to use, violence or brutality: the heavy mob
heavy on informal using large quantities of: this car is heavy on petrol
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
the heavies (usually plural) informal a serious newspaper: the 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
in a heavy manner; heavily: time hangs heavy
(in combination): heavy-laden
- heavily, adverb
- heaviness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with heavy
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
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