A long, dull class lecture.
- A burden that weighs you down and that is hard to bear is an example of something that would be described as ponderous.
- A very boring speech is an example of something that would be described as ponderous.
The definition of ponderous is something weighted down, slow and heavy, or something dull and tedious.
- very heavy
- unwieldy because of weight
- that seems heavy; bulky; massive
- labored and dull: a ponderous joke
Origin of ponderousMiddle English from Classical Latin ponderosus from pondus, a weight: see pound
- 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.
- Dull and lacking grace or fluency: a ponderous speech. See Synonyms at heavy.
Origin of ponderousMiddle 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
(comparative more ponderous, superlative most ponderous)
Ultimately from Latin ponderÅsus (“weighty").