ponderosity


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Related to ponderosity: platitudinous, vivacious

pon·der·ous

 (pŏn′dər-əs)
adj.
1. Having great weight: "The new metal ... was denser, more ponderous than gold" (Oliver Sacks).
2.
a. Slow and labored because of great bulk or weight: "The massive turtle ... trudged on resolutely, making good time for such a labored and ponderous gait" (Rick Bass).
b. Difficult to maneuver or control because of great bulk or weight: ponderous luggage.
c. Slow or difficult to manage, especially because of complexity: ponderous legal procedures.
3. Dull and lacking grace or fluency: a ponderous speech. See Synonyms at heavy.

[Middle English, from Old French pondereux, from Latin ponderōsus, from pondus, ponder-, weight; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

pon′der·ous·ly adv.
pon′der·ous·ness, pon′der·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ponderosity - the property of being large in mass
heaviness, weightiness - the property of being comparatively great in weight; "the heaviness of lead"

ponderosity

noun
The state or quality of being physically heavy:
Informal: avoirdupois.
References in classic literature ?
In vain handspikes and crows were brought to bear upon the immovable fluke-chains, to pry them adrift from the timber-heads; and so low had the whale now settled that the submerged ends could not be at all approached, while every moment whole tons of ponderosity seemed added to the sinking bulk, and the ship seemed on the point of going over.
On Immunity is a hothouse flower of a book, self-serious, heavy on the ponderosity.
Burns TL, Moll PP, Lauer RM, Increased familial cardiovascular mortality in obese schoolchildren: the Muscatine Ponderosity Family Study, Pediatrics 1992; 89: 262-268 Web of Science | Medline.