- The definition of heavy is of great weight, amount, force, quantity or size.
An example of heavy is the weight of an elephant.
- Heavy is defined as a somber role or the role of a villain in theatre or is slang for an influential person.
An example of heavy is Jafar in The Lion King.
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- hard to lift or move because of great weight; weighty
- of high specific gravity; of concentrated weight for the size
- above the usual or defined weight: said of goods, certain animals, etc.
- larger, greater, or more intense than usual or normal; specif.,
- falling or striking with great force or impact: a heavy blow
- of greater than usual quantity: a heavy vote
- violent and intense; rough: a heavy sea
- loud, deep, and resounding: heavy thunder
- thick, coarse, or massive: heavy features
- going beyond the average; to a greater than usual extent: a heavy drinker
- prolonged and intense: heavy applause
- weighed down: trees heavy with apples
- of great importance; serious; grave; profound: a heavy responsibility
- hard to endure; oppressive; burdensome; distressing: heavy taxes
- hard to do or manage; difficult: heavy work
- grievous; lamentable: heavy sorrow
- burdened with sorrow; depressed: a heavy heart
- burdened with sleep or fatigue: heavy eyelids
- capable of carrying a load of great weight: a heavy truck
- characterized by density, hardness, fullness, etc. suggestive of weight; specif.,
- hard to digest: a heavy meal
- not leavened properly; doughy: a heavy cake
- remaining in the atmosphere; clinging; penetrating: a heavy odor
- overcast; cloudy; gloomy; lowering: a heavy sky
- hard to work with or travel over because of mud, sand, clay, etc.: a heavy soil
- tedious, dull, or strained: heavy humor
- clumsy; unwieldy; physically awkward: a heavy gait
- ☆ steeply inclined: a heavy grade
- designating any large industry that uses massive machinery and produces raw or processed materials, as steel, basic to other industries
- designating, of, or equipped with massive or relatively heavy weapons, armor, etc.
- designating an isotope of greater atomic weight than the normal or most abundant isotope
- designating a compound containing such isotopes
- Theater serious, tragic, or villainous
- Slang very serious or important and, often, depressing
- Slang excellent, important, serious, etc.
Origin: Middle English hevi from Old English hefig (akin to Old High German hebig) from base of hebban (see heave) plush -ig (see -y): probably basic sense “containing something, full”
- something heavy
- a serious, tragic, or villainous role
- an actor who plays such roles
- Slang an influential or important person
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adjective heav·i·er, heav·i·est
- Having relatively great weight: a heavy load.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lacking vitality; deficient in vivacity or grace: a heavy gait; heavy humor.
- Sharply inclined; steep: a heavy grade.
- Having a large capacity or designed for rough work: a heavy truck.
- Of, relating to, or involving the large-scale production of basic products, such as steel: heavy industry.
- Of or relating to a serious dramatic role.
- Physics Of or relating to an isotope with an atomic mass greater than the average mass of that element.
- Loud; sonorous: a heavy sound; heavy breathing.
- 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.
- a. A serious or tragic role in a play.b. An actor playing such a role.
- Slang A villain in a story or play.
- Slang A mobster.
- Slang One that is very important or influential: a media heavy.
Origin: Middle English hevi, from Old English hefig; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- heavˈi·ness noun
heavy - Phrases/Idioms
heavy with child
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