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1. Having great weight: "The new metal ... was denser, more ponderous than gold" (Oliver Sacks).
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·ness, pon′der·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
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]
ˈponderousness, ponderosity n
pon•der•ous(ˈpɒn dər əs)
1. of great weight; heavy; massive: a ponderous creature.
2. awkward or unwieldy.
3. dull and labored: a ponderous dissertation.
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|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"
1. dull, laboured, pedestrian, dreary, heavy, tedious, plodding, tiresome, lifeless, stilted, stodgy, pedantic, long-winded, verbose, prolix He had a dense, ponderous writing style.