of great weight; heavy; massive.
awkward or unwieldy: He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
dull and labored: a ponderous dissertation.
- pon·der·ous·ly, adverb
- pon·der·ous·ness, pon·der·os·i·ty [pon-duh-ros-i-tee], /ˌpɒn dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/, 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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How to use ponderous in a sentence
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A person who never goes off-road probably doesn’t need to opt for a ponderous SUV as a daily commuter.
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He got down ponderously from his stool and squeaked out behind the long counter in his shiny boots.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Scattergood arose ponderously and limped out into the middle of the dusty road.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
When she ended he stood up ponderously, leaning against the desk; and for a second or two they looked at each other.Summer | Edith Wharton
"Then that Dutch horn-player threw the bomb," propounded the head of the "Detective Bureau" ponderously.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
John Turner knew him well, and was ponderously silent respecting him.Dross | Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for ponderous
of great weight; heavy; huge
(esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
dull or laborious: a ponderous oration
- ponderously, adverb
- ponderousness or ponderosity (ˌpɒndəˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun
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