ponderous


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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 ?
Often had I pondered on the odd instructions he had left me governing the construction of his mighty tomb, and especially those parts which directed that he be laid in an OPEN casket and that the ponderous mechanism which controlled the bolts of the vault's huge door be accessible ONLY FROM THE INSIDE.
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 rust on the ponderous iron-work of its oaken door looked more antique than anything else in the New World.
Captain Hull then took a key from his girdle, unlocked the chest, and lifted its ponderous lid.
In the first place, the enormous cutting tackles, among other ponderous things comprising a cluster of blocks generally painted green, and which no single man can possibly lift --this vast bunch of grapes was swayed up to the main-top and firmly lashed to the lower mast-head, the strongest point anywhere above a ship's deck.
He had scarcely read this note, and frowned at its contents, when he heard below the ponderous tramp of the servants, carrying something heavy.
At the outset, in order not to give the balloon too ponderous dimensions, he had decided to fill it with hydrogen gas, which is fourteen and a half times lighter than common air.
Open thy Maeonian and thy Mantuan coffers, with whatever else includes thy philosophic, thy poetic, and thy historical treasures, whether with Greek or Roman characters thou hast chosen to inscribe the ponderous chests: give me a while that key to all thy treasures, which to thy Warburton thou hast entrusted.
The greatest curiosity of the study remains to be mentioned; it was a ponderous folio volume, bound in black leather, with massive silver clasps.
Not tables, toilettes, wardrobes, or drawers, but on one side perhaps the remains of a broken lute, on the other a ponderous chest which no efforts can open, and over the fireplace the portrait of some handsome warrior, whose features will so incomprehensibly strike you, that you will not be able to withdraw your eyes from it.
Right from the water's edge rose long lines of stately palaces of marble; gondolas were gliding swiftly hither and thither and disappearing suddenly through unsuspected gates and alleys; ponderous stone bridges threw their shadows athwart the glittering waves.
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.