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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·ly adv.
pon′der·ous·ness, pon′der·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.ponderousness - 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
2.ponderousness - the property of being large in mass
heaviness, weightiness - the property of being comparatively great in weight; "the heaviness of lead"
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The state or quality of being physically heavy:
Informal: avoirdupois.
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nSchwerfälligkeit f; (= heaviness)Schwere f, → Gewichtigkeit f
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References in classic literature ?
One of the most learned of the group was George Chapman, whose verse has a Jonsonian solidity not unaccompanied with Jonsonian ponderousness. He won fame also in non-dramatic poetry, especially by vigorous but rather clumsy verse translations of the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey,' Another highly individual figure is that of Thomas Dekker, who seems to have been one of the completest embodiments of irrepressible Elizabethan cheerfulness, though this was joined in him with an irresponsibility which kept him commonly floundering in debt or confined in debtor's prison.
Wilder wanted it this way, instructing that his play "should be performed without sentimentality or ponderousness", but it's only once your brain is suitably lulled that the final act can deliver its poignant about-face, in which a mortal perspective shift brings the preciousness of all things mundane into dramatic relief.
A porous defence, a disastrous move to a back three, the ponderousness of Paul Pogba's play, the frustration of Romelu Lukaku's finishing.
In a fact that should not be surprising given the protracted nature of the events they reported on, and the length and ponderousness of the speeches upon which they were based, it seems that the Simkin poems were often written in tandem with Wells.
Fortunately, the ponderousness is offset by one captivating flareup after another--on a Hollywood set, at a desecrated Holocaust memorial on the banks of the Danube, at an awkward Sabbath dinner." HELLER MCALPIN
Yet Benitez - wary of the club's ponderousness in the past - is not prepared to weaken his hand by selling one player before another deal is in the bag.
These substances lend his work a ponderousness that contrasts with the most subtle and fascinating aspect of his art, namely his acute sensitivity to the vital breath of nature.
Under the overwhelming weight of its ponderousness, despair creates its own moral dimension.
And it's the laughs in Flood City--Reisman is willing to call the finished play "a clown show of nonstop shtick"--that may surprise audiences expecting ponderousness or lamentation.
Although the aesthetic may appear to some to hold society at bay, Adorno's insight that art engages with social relations and contradictions even when it negates society, and Hurley's concept of "feeling-work," both point to the range of possible engagements from the apparently inadvertent emptying out of tedium that Heidegger sees as enabling attunement to deliberate articulation of "opinions and objectives" (Ansichten und Absichten, by which play on words Brecht suggests that purposefulness need not be ponderousness).
The occasional self-reflexive gestures in these poems are clever, fun, and avoid ponderousness.
Bowie's version has a ponderousness about it, with Bowie playing up the otherworldliness of his '70s persona.