Heavy definition

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Of great import or seriousness; grave.

Heavy matters of state.

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Having relatively great weight.

A heavy load.

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(slang) Very serious or important and, often, depressing.
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The definition of heavy is of great weight, amount, force, quantity or size.

An example of heavy is the weight of an elephant.

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Lacking vitality; deficient in vivacity or grace.

A heavy gait; heavy humor.

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Sharply inclined; steep.

A heavy grade.

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Having a large capacity or designed for rough work.

A heavy truck.

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Of, relating to, or involving the large-scale production of basic products, such as steel.

Heavy industry.

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Of or relating to a serious dramatic role.
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(physics) Of or relating to an isotope with an atomic mass greater than the average mass of that element.
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Loud; sonorous.

A heavy sound; heavy breathing.

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(linguistics) Of, relating to, or being a syllable ending in a long vowel or in a vowel plus two consonants.
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Large, as in number or quantity.

A heavy turnout; heavy casualties.

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Large in yield or output.

Heavy rainfall.

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Having great power or force.

A heavy punch.

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Equipped with massive armaments and weapons.

A heavy cruiser; heavy infantry.

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Of great importance; serious; grave.

A heavy responsibility.

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Violent; rough.

Heavy seas.

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Large enough to fire powerful shells.

Heavy guns.

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Indulging to a great degree.

A heavy drinker.

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Involved or participating on a large scale.

A heavy investor.

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Having considerable thickness.

A heavy coat.

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Broad or coarse.

Drew the face with heavy lines.

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Dense; thick.

A heavy fog.

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Slow to dissipate; strong.
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Too dense or rich to digest easily.

A heavy dessert.

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Insufficiently leavened.

Heavy bread.

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Full of clay and readily saturated.

Heavy soil.

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Weighed down; burdened.

Trees heavy with plums.

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Emotionally weighed down; despondent.

A heavy heart.

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Marked by or exhibiting weariness.

Heavy lids.

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Sad or painful.

Heavy news.

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Hard to do or accomplish; arduous.

Heavy going; heavy reading.

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Not easily borne; oppressive.

Heavy taxes.

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Of great significance or profundity.
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Very popular or important.

A rock star who is really heavy.

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Heavily.

The snow is falling heavier tonight than last night.

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(slang) A villain in a story or play.
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(slang) A mobster.
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(slang) One that is very important or influential.

A media heavy.

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A serious or tragic role in a play.
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An actor playing such a role.
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Hard to lift or move because of great weight; weighty.
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Of high specific gravity; of concentrated weight for the size.
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Above the usual or defined weight.
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Larger, greater, or more intense than usual or normal.
  • 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.
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Hard to endure; oppressive; burdensome; distressing.

Heavy taxes.

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Hard to do or manage; difficult.

Heavy work.

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Grievous; lamentable.

Heavy sorrow.

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Burdened with sorrow; depressed.

A heavy heart.

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Burdened with sleep or fatigue.

Heavy eyelids.

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Capable of carrying a load of great weight.

A heavy truck.

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Characterized by density, hardness, fullness, etc. suggestive of weight.
  • 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.
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Tedious, dull, or strained.

Heavy humor.

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Clumsy; unwieldy; physically awkward.

A heavy gait.

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Steeply inclined.

A heavy grade.

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Designating any large industry that uses massive machinery and produces raw or processed materials, as steel, basic to other industries.
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Designating, of, or equipped with massive or relatively heavy weapons, armor, etc.
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(theater) Serious, tragic, or villainous.
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(slang) Excellent, important, serious, profound, etc.
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Designating an isotope of greater atomic weight than the normal or most abundant isotope.
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Designating a compound containing such isotopes.
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Heavily.

Heavy-laden.

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Something heavy.
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(slang) An influential or important person.
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A serious, tragic, or villainous role.
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An actor who plays such roles.
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(of a physical object) Having great weight.
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(of a topic) Serious, somber.
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Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive.

Heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc.

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(UK, slang, dated) Good.

This film is heavy.

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(dated, late 1960s, 1970s, US) Profound.

The Moody Blues are, like, heavy.

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(of a rate of flow) High, great.
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(slang) Armed.

Come heavy, or not at all.

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(music) Louder, more distorted.

Metal is heavier than swing.

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(of weather) Hot and humid.
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(of a person) Doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.

He was a heavy sleeper, a heavy eater and a heavy smoker - certainly not an ideal husband.

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(of food) High in fat or protein; difficult to digest.

Cheese-stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising.

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Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense.

It was a heavy storm; a heavy slumber in bed; a heavy punch.

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Laden to a great extent.

His eyes were heavy with sleep; she was heavy with child.

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Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with grief, pain, disappointment, etc.
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Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid.

A heavy gait, looks, manners, style, etc.

A heavy writer or book.

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Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey.

A heavy road; a heavy soil.

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Not raised or leavened.

Heavy bread.

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Having much body or strength; said of wines or spirits.
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Heavy laden with their sins.

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(India, colloquial) Very.
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A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts.

With his wrinkled, uneven face, the actor always seemed to play the heavy in films.

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(slang) A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.

A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it.

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(aviation) A large multi-engined aircraft.

The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers.

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(often with "up") To make heavier.
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To sadden.
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(Australia, New Zealand, informal) To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations; to pressure.

The union was well known for the methods it used to heavy many businesses.

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Having the heaves.

A heavy horse.

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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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Having relatively high density; having a high specific gravity.
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Of great intensity.

Heavy activity; heavy fighting.

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hang heavy
  • to pass tediously; drag
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heavy with child
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heavy
Plural:
heavies, heavys

Adjective

Base Form:
heavy
Comparative:
heavier
Superlative:
heaviest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of heavy

  • Middle English hevi from Old English hefig kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hevy, heviȝ, from Old English hefiġ, hefeġ, hæfiġ (“heavy; important, grave, severe, serious; oppressive, grievous; slow, dull”), from Proto-Germanic *habīgaz (“heavy, hefty, weighty”), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to take, grasp, hold”), equivalent to heave +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots hevy, havy, heavy (“heavy”), Dutch hevig (“violent, severe, intense, acute”), Middle Low German hēvich (“violent, fierce, intense”), German hebig (cf. heftig (“fierce, severe, intense, violent, heavy”)), Icelandic höfugur (“heavy, weighty, important”), Latin capāx (“large, wide, roomy, spacious, capacious, capable, apt”).

    From Wiktionary

  • heave +‎ -y

    From Wiktionary