Meaning of HEAVY in English

HEAVY

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( heavier, heaviest, heavies)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

Something that is heavy weighs a lot.

These scissors are awfully heavy...

The mud stuck to her boots, making her feet heavy and her legs tired.

≠ light

ADJ

• heavi‧ness

...a sensation of warmth and heaviness in the muscles.

N-UNCOUNT

2.

You use heavy to ask or talk about how much someone or something weighs.

How heavy are you?...

Protons are nearly 2000 times as heavy as electrons.

ADJ : how ADJ , as ADJ as , ADJ-compar than

3.

Heavy means great in amount, degree, or intensity.

Heavy fighting has been going on...

He worried about her heavy drinking...

The traffic along Fitzjohn’s Avenue was heavy.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• heavi‧ly

It has been raining heavily all day.

ADV : ADV after v , ADV -ed / adj

• heavi‧ness

...the heaviness of the blood loss.

N-UNCOUNT

4.

Someone or something that is heavy is solid in appearance or structure, or is made of a thick material.

He was short and heavy...

≠ light

ADJ

• heavi‧ly

He was a big man of about forty, wide-shouldered and heavily built.

ADV : ADV -ed

5.

A heavy meal is large in amount and often difficult to digest.

He had been feeling drowsy, the effect of an unusually heavy meal.

= filling

≠ light

ADJ

6.

Something that is heavy with things is full of them or loaded with them. ( LITERARY )

The air is heavy with moisture...

= laden

ADJ : v-link ADJ with n

7.

If a person’s breathing is heavy , it is very loud and deep.

Her breathing became slow and heavy.

≠ light, shallow

ADJ

• heavi‧ly

She sank back on the pillow and closed her eyes, breathing heavily as if asleep.

ADV : ADV after v

8.

A heavy movement or action is done with a lot of force or pressure.

...a heavy blow on the back of the skull...

≠ gentle

ADJ : ADJ n

• heavi‧ly

I sat down heavily on the ground beside the road...

≠ gently

ADV : ADV after v

9.

A heavy machine or piece of military equipment is very large and very powerful.

...government militia backed by tanks and heavy artillery.

ADJ : ADJ n

10.

If you describe a period of time or a schedule as heavy , you mean it involves a lot of work.

It’s been a heavy day and I’m tired...

= busy

ADJ : usu ADJ n

11.

Heavy work requires a lot of strength or energy.

The business is thriving and Philippa employs two full-timers for the heavy work.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

12.

If you say that something is heavy on another thing, you mean that it uses a lot of that thing or too much of that thing.

Tanks are heavy on fuel and destructive to roads.

ADJ : v-link ADJ on n

13.

Air or weather that is heavy is unpleasantly still, hot, and damp.

The outside air was heavy and moist and sultry.

= oppressive

ADJ

14.

If your heart is heavy , you are sad about something. ( LITERARY )

Mr Maddison handed over his resignation letter with a heavy heart.

≠ light

ADJ

15.

A situation that is heavy is serious and difficult to cope with. ( INFORMAL )

I don’t want any more of that heavy stuff.

= serious

ADJ

16.

A heavy is a large strong man who is employed to protect a person or place, often by using violence. ( INFORMAL )

They had employed heavies to evict shop squatters from neighbouring sites.

N-COUNT

17.

to make heavy weather of something : see weather

a heavy hand: see hand

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