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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.

ponderous

(ˈpɒndərəs)
adj
1. of great weight; heavy; huge
2. (esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
3. dull or laborious: a ponderous oration.
[C14: from Latin ponderōsus of great weight, from pondus weight]
ˈponderously adv
ˈponderousness, ponderosity n

pon•der•ous

(ˈpɒn dər əs)

adj.
1. of great weight; heavy; massive: a ponderous creature.
2. awkward or unwieldy.
3. dull and labored: a ponderous dissertation.
[1375–1425 (< Middle French ponderos, pondereuse) < Latin ponderōsus. See ponder, -ous]
pon′der•ous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ponderous - slow and laborious because of weight; "the heavy tread of tired troops"; "moved with a lumbering sag-bellied trot"; "ponderous prehistoric beasts"; "a ponderous yawn"
heavy-footed - (of movement) lacking ease or lightness; "his tired heavy-footed walk"
2.ponderous - having great mass and weight and unwieldiness; "a ponderous stone"; "a ponderous burden"; "ponderous weapons"
heavy - of comparatively great physical weight or density; "a heavy load"; "lead is a heavy metal"; "heavy mahogany furniture"
3.ponderous - labored and dull; "a ponderous speech"
uninteresting - arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip"

ponderous

adjective
2. clumsy, awkward, lumbering, laborious, graceless, elephantine, heavy-footed He strolled about with a ponderous, heavy gait.
clumsy light, graceful, light-footed

ponderous

adjective
1. Having a relatively great weight:
2. Unwieldy or clumsy, especially due to excess weight:
3. Lacking fluency or gracefulness:
Translations
kömpelöpitkäpiimäinenrasittavaraskasuuvuttava

ponderous

[ˈpɒndərəs] ADJpesado

ponderous

[ˈpɒndərəs] adj
[writing, speech] → solennel(le)
[movement, action] → pesant(e)

ponderous

adj
(= laboured, clumsy) person, movement, stepsschwerfällig; (= heavy)massiv
(= too serious) bookgewichtig; jokeschwerfällig

ponderous

[ˈpɒndrəs] adjpesante, ponderoso/a
References in classic literature ?
This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight--perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.
The founder of this stately mansion--a gentleman noted for the square and ponderous courtesy of his demeanor, ought surely to have stood in his own hall, and to have offered the first welcome to so many eminent personages as here presented themselves in honor of his solemn festival.
What I saw in him -- as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile -- was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
To mark, for the house, the high state I cultivated I decreed that my meals with the boy should be served, as we called it, downstairs; so that I had been awaiting him in the ponderous pomp of the room outside of the window of which I had had from Mrs.
A still duskier place is this, with such low ponderous beams above, and such old wrinkled planks beneath, that you would almost fancy you trod some old craft's cockpits, especially of such a howling night, when this corner-anchored old ark rocked so furiously.
Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies
A ponderous tow-headed Swiss woman, who put on many fine-lady airs, but was evidently more used to washing linen than wearing it, sat in a corner seat and put her legs across into the opposite one, propping them intermediately with her up-ended valise.
This was a blessing, bright, vivid, and exhilarating;--not like the ponderous gift of gold: rich and welcome enough in its way, but sobering from its weight.
But, the blackbeetles took no notice of the agitation, and groped about the hearth in a ponderous elderly way, as if they were short-sighted and hard of hearing, and not on terms with one another.
well," said the Squire, throwing himself indifferently into his chair, and speaking in a ponderous coughing fashion, which was felt in Raveloe to be a sort of privilege of his rank, while he cut a piece of beef, and held it up before the deer-hound that had come in with him.
He scarce had ceas't when the superiour Fiend Was moving toward the shore; his ponderous shield Ethereal temper, massy, large and round, Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb Through Optic Glass the TUSCAN Artist views At Ev'ning from the top of FESOLE, Or in VALDARNO, to descry new Lands, Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
The very horse he backs, could not have carried the ponderous weight of King Richard through a single course.