[ pon-der-uhs ]
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  1. of great weight; heavy; massive.

  2. awkward or unwieldy: He carried a ponderous burden on his back.

  1. dull and labored: a ponderous dissertation.

Origin of ponderous

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

Other words for ponderous

Opposites for ponderous

Other words from ponderous

  • 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

  • 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


/ (ˈpɒndərəs) /

  1. of great weight; heavy; huge

  2. (esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless

  1. dull or laborious: a ponderous oration

Origin of ponderous

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

Derived forms of ponderous

  • ponderously, adverb
  • ponderousness or ponderosity (ˌpɒndəˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun

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