ponderous

[ pon-der-uhs ]
/ ˈpɒn dər əs /

adjective

of great weight; heavy; massive.
awkward or unwieldy: He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
dull and labored: a ponderous dissertation.

Origin of ponderous

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French ponderos, pondereuse) < Latin ponderōsus. See ponder, -ous
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ponderous

/ (ˈpɒndərəs) /

adjective

of great weight; heavy; huge
(esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
dull or laboriousa ponderous oration
Derived Formsponderously, adverbponderousness or ponderosity (ˌpɒndəˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for ponderous

C14: from Latin ponderōsus of great weight, from pondus weight
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Word Origin and History for ponderosity

ponderous


adj.

c.1400, "thick;" early 15c., "heavy, weighty, clumsy," from Latin ponderosus "of great weight; full of meaning," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weight" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "tedious" is first recorded 1704. Related: Ponderously; ponderousness.

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