heavy

[ hev-ee ]
/ ˈhɛv i /

adjective, heav·i·er, heav·i·est.

noun, plural heav·ies.

adverb


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

SYNONYMS FOR heavy
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 heavy

heavy

/ (ˈhɛvɪ) /

adjective heavier or heaviest

noun plural heavies

adverb

  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 heavy
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Idioms and Phrases with heavy

heavy

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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