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adj. heav·i·er, heav·i·est
1. Having relatively great weight: a heavy load.
2. Having relatively high density; having a high specific gravity.
a. Large, as in number or quantity: a heavy turnout; heavy casualties.
b. Large in yield or output: heavy rainfall.
4. Of great intensity: heavy activity; heavy fighting.
a. Having great power or force: a heavy punch.
b. Violent; rough: heavy seas.
a. Equipped with massive armaments and weapons: a heavy cruiser; heavy infantry.
b. Large enough to fire powerful shells: heavy guns.
a. Indulging to a great degree: a heavy drinker.
b. Involved or participating on a large scale: a heavy investor.
8. Of great import or seriousness; grave: heavy matters of state.
a. Having considerable thickness: a heavy coat.
b. Broad or coarse: drew the face with heavy lines.
a. Dense; thick: a heavy fog.
b. Slow to dissipate; strong: "There was a heavy fragrance of flowers and lemon trees" (Mario Puzo).
c. Too dense or rich to digest easily: a heavy dessert.
d. Insufficiently leavened: heavy bread.
e. Full of clay and readily saturated: heavy soil.
a. Weighed down; burdened: trees heavy with plums.
b. Emotionally weighed down; despondent: a heavy heart.
c. Marked by or exhibiting weariness: heavy lids.
d. Sad or painful: heavy news.
a. Hard to do or accomplish; arduous: heavy going; heavy reading.
b. Not easily borne; oppressive: heavy taxes.
13. Lacking vitality; deficient in vivacity or grace: a heavy gait; heavy humor.
14. Sharply inclined; steep: a heavy grade.
15. Having a large capacity or designed for rough work: a heavy truck.
16. Of, relating to, or involving the large-scale production of basic products, such as steel: heavy industry.
17. Of or relating to a serious dramatic role.
18. Physics Of or relating to an isotope with an atomic mass greater than the average mass of that element.
19. Loud; sonorous: a heavy sound; heavy breathing.
20. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a syllable ending in a long vowel or in a vowel plus two consonants.
21. Slang
a. Of great significance or profundity.
b. Very popular or important: a rock star who is really heavy.
adv. heav·i·er, heav·i·est
Heavily: The snow is falling heavier tonight than last night.
n. pl. heav·ies
a. A serious or tragic role in a play.
b. An actor playing such a role.
2. Slang A villain in a story or play.
3. Slang A mobster.
4. Slang One that is very important or influential: a media heavy.

[Middle English hevi, from Old English hefig; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

heav′i·ness n.
Synonyms: heavy, weighty, hefty, massive, ponderous
These adjectives mean having a relatively great weight. Heavy refers to what has great physical weight (a heavy boulder) and figuratively to what is burdensome or oppressive to the spirit (heavy responsibilities). Weighty literally denotes having considerable weight (a weighty package); figuratively, it describes what is onerous, serious, or important (a weighty decision). Hefty refers principally to physical heaviness or brawniness: a hefty book; a short, hefty wrestler. Massive describes what is bulky, heavy, solid, and strong: massive marble columns. Ponderous refers to what has great mass and weight and usually implies unwieldiness: ponderous prehistoric beasts. Figuratively it describes what is complicated, involved, or lacking in grace: a book with a ponderous plot.


  1. Feel heavy … like a corpse —Penelope Gilliatt
  2. Feel heavy like the September limbs of an apple tree —Diane Wakoski
  3. The hand upon his shoulder weighed like a hand of lead —Oscar Wilde
  4. Heavy and indistinct, like the consciousness of a man in a dream —Gustave Flaubert

    See Also: VAGUENESS

  5. Heavy as a lecher’s kiss —Sylvia Plath
  6. (A cold sky) heavy as a vault —Malcolm Cowley
  7. (They are) heavy as dumplings —Henry David Thoreau

    To give added emphasis and specificity, there’s “Heavy as overcooked dumplings,” “Heavy as matzoh balls,” “Heavy as latkes,” “Heavy as wontons.”

  8. Heavy as guilt —Anon
  9. Heavy as hard luck —Philip Larkin
  10. Heavy as ingots —Diane Ackerman
  11. (The glass mugs were) heavy as sin —Harvey Swados
  12. [A suitcase] heavy as some icon —Cynthia Ozick
  13. Heavy as the weight of dreams —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  14. Leaden like a bullet —Ted Hughes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heaviness - the property of being comparatively great in weight; "the heaviness of lead"
weight - the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity
heft, ponderosity, ponderousness, heftiness, massiveness - the property of being large in mass
preponderance - exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight; "the least preponderance in either pan will unbalance the scale"
weightlessness, lightness - the property of being comparatively small in weight; "the lightness of balsa wood"
2.heaviness - persisting sadness; "nothing lifted the heaviness of her heart after her loss"
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
3.heaviness - an oppressive quality that is laborious and solemn and lacks grace or fluency; "a book so serious that it sometimes subsided into ponderousness"; "his lectures tend to heaviness and repetition"
uninterestingness - inability to capture or hold one's interest
4.heaviness - used of a line or mark
broadness, wideness - the property of being wide; having great width
5.heaviness - unwelcome burdensome difficulty
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"


1. weight, gravity, ponderousness, heftiness the heaviness of earthbound matter
2. sluggishness, torpor, numbness, dullness, lassitude, languor, deadness There was a heaviness in the air that stunned them.
3. sadness, depression, gloom, seriousness, melancholy, despondency, dejection, gloominess, glumness a heaviness in his reply which discouraged further questioning


The state or quality of being physically heavy:
Informal: avoirdupois.


[ˈhevɪnɪs] N [of object] → lo pesado, peso m; [of subject matter] → lo denso
always test the heaviness of a loadcomprueba siempre lo pesada que es una carga or el peso de una carga
I felt a heaviness in my legssentía pesadez en las piernas
heaviness of heartpesadumbre f (liter)


[ˈhɛvinɪs] n
(= weight) → poids m
(= extent, amount) [loss] → importance f


(of person, object, load)Schwere f; (of features)Grobheit f; heaviness of heartschweres Herz; heaviness of spiritgedrückte Stimmung, Niedergeschlagenheit f
(of tread, blow, gunfire, casualties etc)Schwere f; (of traffic)Stärke f; (of defeat, losses, taxes)Höhe f; (of buying)Umfang m; (of line)Dicke f; (of sleep)Tiefe f
(= heavy-handedness: of manner, style) → Schwerfälligkeit f
(= oppressiveness, of air) → Schwüle f; (of sky)Bedecktheit f


[ˈhɛvɪnɪs] n (weight) → pesantezza; (of expense, taxation) → gravosità, onerosità; (of traffic) → intensità


(ˈhevi) adjective
1. having great weight; difficult to lift or carry. a heavy parcel.
2. having a particular weight. I wonder how heavy our little baby is.
3. of very great amount, force etc. heavy rain; a heavy blow; The ship capsized in the heavy seas; heavy taxes.
4. doing something to a great extent. He's a heavy smoker/drinker.
5. dark and dull; looking or feeling stormy. a heavy sky/atmosphere.
6. difficult to read, do, understand etc. Books on philosophy are too heavy for me.
7. (of food) hard to digest. rather heavy pastry.
8. noisy and clumsy. heavy footsteps.
ˈheavily adverb
ˈheaviness noun
ˌheavy-ˈduty adjective
made to stand up to very hard wear or use. heavy-duty tyres.
heavy industry
industries such as coalmining, ship-building etc which involve the use of large or heavy machines or which produce large or heavy products.
ˈheavyweight adjective, noun
(a person) in the heaviest of the various classes into which competitors in certain sports (eg boxing, wrestling) are divided according to their weight. a heavyweight boxer.
heavy going
difficult to make any progress with. I found this book very heavy going.
a heavy heart
a feeling of sadness. He obeyed with a heavy heart.
make heavy weather of
to find surprising difficulty in doing. He said he'd finish the job in half an hour, but he's making rather heavy weather of it.


n. pesadez, pesantez, peso; [sleep] sueño pesado, modorra; [feelings] abatimiento, decaimiento.


n pesadez f
References in classic literature ?
The little back is too young to haf such heaviness.
He began again with a bit of a heaviness in his head the next day--that is, a fortnight sin'--and he went to sleep and niver wakened: he wor a'most stark when your brother went into t' chamber and fand him.
Don Quixote did as he recommended, for it struck him that Sancho's reasoning was more like a philosopher's than a blockhead's, and said he, "Sancho, if thou wilt do for me what I am going to tell thee my ease of mind would be more assured and my heaviness of heart not so great; and it is this; to go aside a little while I am sleeping in accordance with thy advice, and, making bare thy carcase to the air, to give thyself three or four hundred lashes with Rocinante's reins, on account of the three thousand and odd thou art to give thyself for the disenchantment of Dulcinea; for it is a great pity that the poor lady should be left enchanted through thy carelessness and negligence.
The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the wedgelike lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement due to the greater gravitational energy of the earth--above all, the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous.
Edmond opened his eyes, complained of great pain in his knee, a feeling of heaviness in his head, and severe pains in his loins.
I am full of heaviness, but I ought not to sit weeping and wailing in another person's house, nor is it well to be thus grieving continually.
Still, many in the regiment hung their heads in criminal fashion, so that it came to pass that the men trudged with sudden heaviness, as if they bore upon their bended shoulders the coffin of their honor.
The pent air of the state-room, and a certain heaviness about the brain, quite incapacitated me from enjoying any thing that passed, and that was a happy moment when our trunk was taken on deck to be examined.
Yes, dear friend," said Dinah, trembling, but trying to speak calmly, "I know you have a brother's heart towards me, and we shall often be with one another in spirit; but at this season I am in heaviness through manifold temptations.
So, week by week, poor Peter came And turned in heaviness away; For still the answer was the same,
Could I but see him go down into the house of Hades, my heart would forget its heaviness.
The little ones kneeling round, their sleepy eyes blinking and red, awaited her preparations full of a suspended wonder which their physical heaviness at that hour would not allow to become active.