Origin of heavyweight

First recorded in 1850–55; heavy + weight
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Historical Examples of heavyweight

  • Is this the lady that's entered for the heavyweight Juliet championship?


    Sewell Ford

  • Better put two more on you, Buster, because youre a heavyweight, you know.

  • The heavyweight pursuer could not get nearer than half a dozen paces.

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • He had received a bit the worst of it in the heavyweight bout.

    The A.E.F.

    Heywood Broun

  • He has not worn an overcoat or heavyweight flannels for six years.

British Dictionary definitions for heavyweight



a person or thing that is heavier than average
  1. a professional boxer weighing more than 175 pounds (79 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing more than 81 kg (179 pounds)
  3. (as modifier)the world heavyweight championship
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually over 214 pounds (97 kg))
informal an important or highly influential person
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Word Origin and History for heavyweight

noun and adj., 1857 of horses; 1877 of fighters; from heavy + weight. Figuratively, of importance, from 1928.

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