Meaning of HEAVY in English


— heaviness , n.

/hev"ee/ , adj., heavier, heaviest , n. , pl. heavies , adv.


1. of great weight; hard to lift or carry: a heavy load.

2. of great amount, quantity, or size; extremely large; massive: a heavy vote; a heavy snowfall.

3. of great force, intensity, turbulence, etc.: a heavy sea.

4. of more than the usual or average weight: a heavy person; heavy freight.

5. having much weight in proportion to bulk; being of high specific gravity: a heavy metal.

6. of major import; grave; serious: a heavy offense.

7. deep or intense; profound: a heavy thinker; heavy slumber.

8. Mil.

a. thickly armed or equipped with guns of large size. Cf. heavy cruiser .

b. (of guns) of the more powerful sizes: heavy weapons. Cf. heavy artillery .

9. hard to bear; burdensome; harsh; oppressive: heavy taxes.

10. hard to cope with; trying; difficult: a heavy task.

11. being as indicated to an unusually great degree: a heavy buyer.

12. broad, thick, or coarse; not delicate: heavy lines drawn in charcoal.

13. weighted or laden: air heavy with moisture.

14. fraught; loaded; charged: words heavy with meaning.

15. depressed with trouble or sorrow; showing sorrow; sad: a heavy heart.

16. without vivacity or interest; ponderous; dull: a heavy style.

17. slow in movement or action; clumsy: a heavy walk.

18. loud and deep; sonorous: a heavy sound.

19. (of the sky) overcast or cloudy.

20. exceptionally dense in substance; insufficiently raised or leavened; thick: heavy doughnuts.

21. (of food) not easily digested.

22. being in a state of advanced pregnancy; nearing childbirth: heavy with child; heavy with young.

23. having a large capacity, capable of doing rough work, or having a large output: a heavy truck.

24. producing or refining basic materials, as steel or coal, used in manufacturing: heavy industry.

25. sober, serious, or somber: a heavy part in a drama.

26. Chem. of or pertaining to an isotope of greater than normal atomic weight, as heavy hydrogen or heavy oxygen, or to a compound containing such an element, as heavy water.

27. Slang.

a. very good; excellent.

b. very serious or important: a really heavy relationship.

28. Pros. (of a syllable)

a. stressed.

b. long.


29. a somber or ennobled theatrical role or character: Iago is the heavy in Othello.

30. the theatrical role of a villain.

31. an actor who plays a theatrical heavy.

32. Mil. a gun of great weight or large caliber.

33. Slang. a very important or influential person: a reception for government heavies.


34. heavily.

[ bef. 900; ME hevi, OE hefig, equiv. to hef ( e ) weight (akin to HEAVE) + -ig -Y 1 ]

Syn. 1. ponderous, massive, weighty. 5. dense. 9. onerous, grievous, cumbersome; difficult, severe. 14. HEAVY, MOMENTOUS, WEIGHTY refer to anything having a considerable amount of figurative weight. HEAVY suggests the carrying of a figurative burden: words heavy with menace. MOMENTOUS emphasizes the idea of great and usually serious consequences: a momentous occasion, statement. WEIGHTY, seldom used literally, refers to something heavy with importance, often concerned with public affairs, which may require deliberation and careful judgment: a weighty matter, problem. 15. gloomy, mournful, dejected, despondent, downcast, downhearted. 16. tedious, tiresome, wearisome, burdensome, boring. 17. sluggish, lumbering. 19. lowering, gloomy.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .