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[ pon-der-uhs ]


  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.

    Synonyms: tedious, dreary, boring, heavy

    Antonyms: exciting, lively


/ ˌpɒndəˈrɒsɪtɪ; ˈpɒndərəs /


  1. of great weight; heavy; huge
  2. (esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
  3. dull or laborious

    a ponderous oration

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Derived Forms

  • ˈponderousness, noun
  • ˈponderously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • ponder·ous·ly adverb
  • ponder·ous·ness pon·der·os·i·ty [pon-d, uh, -, ros, -i-tee], noun
  • nonpon·der·osi·ty noun
  • non·ponder·ous adjective
  • non·ponder·ous·ly adverb
  • non·ponder·ous·ness noun
  • over·ponder·ous adjective
  • over·ponder·ous·ly adverb
  • over·ponder·ous·ness noun
  • un·ponder·ous adjective
  • un·ponder·ous·ly adverb
  • un·ponder·ous·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of ponderous1

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

Origin of ponderous1

C14: from Latin ponderōsus of great weight, from pondus weight
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Example Sentences

Thus their main tactical function related to a ponderous shock charge into the vulnerable formations of the enemy infantrymen, which would have caused a high number of casualties and general chaos among the foe’s ranks.

For another, many Wear OS watches have been underpowered, with underwhelming processors that make the Wear OS experience seem slow and ponderous.

LeBron, with his ponderous try-hardiness, ends up being a lot worse than either.

From Time

It was a ponderous labyrinth of bolts, locks, and steel doors, making it an almost impregnable fortress.

Archer plays the lead in a ponderous but thoughtful one-act play penned by her husband, Terry Jastrow.

In “Dirty 30,” there are no ponderous attempts to chart the entire history of the crisis in order to set the scene.

No ponderous adult consideration is possible–rather, adolescent snickering prevails.

Yet even his staffers acknowledge he is a wooden candidate, a result of a long career in the ponderous halls of the House.

The faint candle-light glimmered on a ponderous gilded cornice, which had also sustained violence.

The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.

He produced a watch and studied it frowningly, then dismissed us and the recital of our troubles with a ponderous gesture.

When d'Aubran entered, the Seneschal was composed and in his wonted habit of ponderous dignity.

This was too direct a slap at Elmer Spiker to pass unnoticed; Elmer was too old an arguer to use any ponderous weapon in return.





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