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ponderous

[ pon-der-uhs ]
/ ˈpɒn dər əs /
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adjective
of great weight; heavy; massive.
awkward or unwieldy: He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for ponderous

ponderous
/ (ˈpɒndərəs) /

adjective
of great weight; heavy; huge
(esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
dull or laboriousa ponderous oration

Derived forms of ponderous

ponderously, adverbponderousness or ponderosity (ˌpɒndəˈrɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for ponderous

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