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


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


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Historical Examples

  • What does the lightest of substances do in this ponderosity?

    The City of God, Volume II

    Aurelius Augustine

  • The ponderosity of her mind was only equaled by that of her body.

    The Tinder-Box

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • The ponderosity and solemnity of the little court occasionally tickled him, and he laughed openly.

  • He might just as well have called it weight or ponderosity, which means the same as gravity.

  • Ponderosity, profundity and insipidity may have their place, but the man with Charm of Manner keeps his capital active.

British Dictionary definitions for ponderosity


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

Word Origin

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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