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heavyweight

[ hev-ee-weyt ]
/ ˈhɛv iˌweɪt /
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noun

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Origin of heavyweight

First recorded in 1850–55; heavy + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for heavyweight

heavyweight

/ (ˈhɛvɪˌweɪt) /

noun

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
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

Word Origin and History for heavyweight

heavyweight


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper