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[ wey-tee ]


, weight·i·er, weight·i·est.
  1. having considerable weight; heavy; ponderous:

    a weighty bundle.

    Antonyms: light

  2. burdensome or troublesome:

    the weightier cares of sovereignty.

  3. important or momentous:

    weighty negotiations.

    Synonyms: consequential, grave, serious, significant

    Antonyms: unimportant, light

  4. having or exerting influence, power, etc.; influential:

    a weighty merchant of Boston.


/ ˈweɪtɪ /


  1. having great weight
  2. important or momentous
  3. causing anxiety or worry

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Derived Forms

  • ˈweightily, adverb
  • ˈweightiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • weighti·ly adverb
  • weighti·ness noun
  • un·weighty adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of weighty1

First recorded in 1480–90; weight, -y 1

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Synonym Study

See heavy.

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Example Sentences

I can tell you, in my opinion, this is the most weighty vote we have given in my seven years on the committee.

The company has little cash, weighty pension debts and lease commitments, and uncertain earnings.’

The spring-assist handle made lifting weighty wet stuff easier and put less strain on my back.

The company has little cash, weighty pension debts and lease commitments, and uncertain future earnings.

They’re all of a sudden burdened with the weighty responsibilities of adulthood – their first career choices, their first disappointments professionally, or maybe major ones romantically.

The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.

She tackles weighty subjects with a naive sensibility and faux-innocence, but skillfully avoids dumbing them down.

“I believe in freedom of speech,” he says with a weighty stare.

Well, the implications would be many and weighty, both for the diminished USA and for the new entity.

Throughout, these weighty matters are examined candidly and wistfully, with the wisdom that only age and inwardness can bring.

Desks and boxes were thrust aside, the winch was manned, and the weighty lantern mounted slowly to its nocturnal watch-tower.

The experienced courtier may have thought the matter too weighty for women, for he wrote all privately to Burghley.

These were positive and weighty grievances, which ought, it was urged, to be remedied.

He urged that there should be "a temperate but weighty remonstrance" from parliament, backed by half a million Italian signatures.

It is a serious and weighty matter for you to decide; therefore should not be settled hastily.





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