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
Related formspon·der·ous·ly, adverbpon·der·ous·ness, pon·der·os·i·ty [pon-duh-ros-i-tee] /ˌpɒn dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·pon·der·os·i·ty, nounnon·pon·der·ous, adjectivenon·pon·der·ous·ly, adverbnon·pon·der·ous·ness, nouno·ver·pon·der·ous, adjectiveo·ver·pon·der·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·pon·der·ous·ness, nounun·pon·der·ous, adjectiveun·pon·der·ous·ly, adverbun·pon·der·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for ponderous

3. heavy, boring, dreary, plodding, tedious.

Antonyms for ponderous

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Related Words for ponderosity

massiveness, weight, density, mass, thickness, denseness, weightiness

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British Dictionary definitions for ponderosity



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



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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