adjective (heavier, heaviest)
- 1Of great weight; difficult to lift or move: the pan was too heavy for me to carryMore example sentences
- For example, if some of your employees must lift or move heavy objects, make sure they have the proper equipment to do so.
- Many back injuries occur because we lift or move heavy objects without adequate stabilizing strength.
- Instead, we helped him feed his cat, get his mail, and move furniture deemed too heavy to lift by his doctor.
- 1.1Used in questions about weight: how heavy is it?More example sentences
- If they really existed, just how heavy would those plates have been given the size and description by Smith?
- How tall and how heavy is an average model supposed to be to have a good career?
- If a brick weighs a kilogram plus half a brick, how heavy is the brick?
- 1.2 [attributive] (Of a class of thing) above the average weight; large of its kind: heavy artilleryMore example sentences
- It is not a strong action and should not be subjected to loads that are anywhere near the heavy class.
- At the championship the Bulgarian team will defend its titles in the heavy categories, which are scheduled for the end of the week.
- Every fourth pair will carry the heavy grade weapons.
- 1.3 [predic.] Weighed down; full of something: branches heavy with blossomsMore example sentences
laden, loaded, covered, filled, groaning, bursting, teeming, abounding
- A long silence weighs heavy with the major decisions he has made in his life.
- His voice is heavy with sarcasm, and it strikes me like a punch, hard and fast.
- Her voice was heavy with sarcasm, and annoyance flashed briefly in her eyes.
- 1.4(Of a person’s head or eyes) feeling weighed down by weariness: a heavy headMore example sentences
- After hours of sitting at a desk, the head is heavy and eyes are tired.
- The next morning brings heavy heads and bleary eyes, and a need for some fresh air.
- I have a horrible dry throat and my eyes are heavy and tired.
- 1.5 Physics Of or containing atoms of an isotope of greater than the usual mass. See also heavy water.More example sentences
- The nuclei of heavy isotopes are rich in neutrons, which dominate their nuclear surface.
- Finally, you build an atom smasher and physically knock helium nuclei from some heavy atoms.
- Why are there usually more neutrons than protons in a heavy element?
- 2Of great density; thick or substantial: heavy gray clouds a heavy blanketMore example sentences
- The thick heavy grey smoke lingered among the branches and prevented the flowers and buds from being burned by frost.
- Before touching the cat, cover her head with a thick blanket or heavy towel to protect yourself from being bitten.
- They could see an immense mountain that stretched up into heavy thick clouds.
- 2.1(Of food or a meal) hard to digest; too filling.More example sentences
- All too often, bread pudding is too heavy and solid, but I could have gone for another slice of this stuff.
- Melons should not be eaten with heavy foods like cheese, deep-fried foods or the heavier grains.
- They both cook the usual northern dishes, particularly the heavy meat and vegetable stews suited to their cold winters.
- 2.2(Of ground or soil) hard to travel over or work with because muddy or full of clay.More example sentences
- This is a heavy soil and is sticky when wet making it hard to work with.
- However, even heavy soils and subsoils can drain adequately if they have good crumb structure.
- Whether the soil is heavy clay or sandy and very free draining, it can be greatly improved by the addition of bulky organic matter.
- 2.3Not delicate or graceful; coarse: he had a big mustache and heavy featuresMore example sentences
- The site will be suitable for all ages, and will not feature heavy language.
- Never one for preamble, his heavy features were hawklike with concentration.
- As they rushed by, Mark glanced their faces, which were characterized by heavy Mexican features.
- 2.4Moving slowly or with difficulty: steering that is heavy when parkingMore example sentences
- I asked my father to try the car last night, and he also feels the steering is heavy.
- You will always have steering albeit heavy steering even if you lose your power steering.
- 2.5(Of a smell) overpowering: the air was heavy with the sweet odor of applesMore example sentences
- Within the heavy smell of must there was the slightest fragrance of perfume.
- OK, so they didn't really cancel the race, but boy, a lot of people were left wishing they had, and there was a heavy smell of dead fish.
- The heavy smell of perfume and sweat in the locker room hit me as I went through the two doors.
- 2.6(Of the sky) full of dark clouds; oppressive: a heavy thundery skyMore example sentences
- It has been quite light on my drive to work for the last few weeks but today it was darker again with a very heavy sky.
- Thunder rolls almost constantly through heavy skies, interspersed by the occasional torrential downpour.
- Under heavy skies, the marchers walked the three-mile route.
- 3Of more than the usual size, amount, or force: rush hour traffic was heavy and I was delayedMore example sentences
sizable, hefty, substantial, colossal, big, considerable; stiffintense, fierce, vigorous, relentless, all-out, severe, seriousbountiful, plentiful, abundant, large, bumper, rich, copious, considerable, sizable, profuse• informal whopping• literary plenteous
- Very quickly, it became obvious that this was a trap, and they'd been set up for a heavy amount of damage.
- However, that cut, despite the heavy amount of damage dealt to it, ceased to bleed and scabbed over.
- The guard wore a heavy amount of armor that made him seem massive in size.
- 3.1Doing something to excess: a heavy smokerMore example sentences
- A heavy smoker, he had been suffering from lung cancer.
- In fact, children of heavy smokers are often fervent anti-smokers.
- Long-term heavy smokers remain at significant risk of getting lung cancer.
- 3.2 (heavy on) Using a lot of: stories heavy on melodramaMore example sentences
- There are moments of titillation and suspense, but ultimately the movie is heavy on concept, not content.
- I tend to go a little heavy on the sauce, hence the extra straining.
- 4Striking or falling with force: a heavy blow to the head we had heavy overnight rainMore example sentences
- The freezing conditions on Saturday were tough for the two teams as heavy rain fell for spells making the surface very wet and slippy.
- But they were kept guessing by the weather until the day itself, with heavy rain falling during the days in the run-up to the event.
- And obviously with the fairly heavy rain that had fallen it was very soft underfoot.
- 4.1(Of music, especially rock) having a strong bass component and a forceful rhythm.More example sentences
- The ongoing success of heavy rock music is safe in their hands.
- I had a sudden urge to listen to my heavy rock music and went to drag my backpack out of the closet where I had deposited it.
- She knew that her brother would want to play the CD through several times more and she had never been much of a fan of heavy rock music.
- 5Needing much physical effort: long hours and heavy workMore example sentences
- Searching through 38 articles in five volumes is heavy physical work.
- Ergonomic improvements have eliminated heavy physical labor from the factory floor.
- Women and men do heavy physical labor; however, domestic work is an exclusively female domain.
- 5.1Mentally oppressive; hard to endure: a heavy burden of responsibilityMore example sentences
- Piloting an aeroplane is a recreational activity that carries with it a heavy burden of responsibility.
- Perhaps indicative of the heavy burden of responsibility it carried, the film had a troubled production.
- Recognition of this places heavy burdens and responsibilities on the Australian who holds the office.
- 5.2Important or serious: a heavy discussionMore example sentences
- Avoid being heavy and serious as a playful attitude allows you to feel unburdened and free.
- It's best to adopt a light attitude especially in serious, heavy matters and remain in touch with your sense of humour.
- There are no deep theories here about world events, or heavy discussion of causes and solutions.
- 5.3(Of a literary work) hard to read or understand because overly serious or difficult.More example sentences
- This book is a heavy work that attempts to carry the weight of the world upon its existential shoulders.
- The actress/director known for heavy works with a concentration on dense language, has had two projects this month marked by a lightness of approach and a delight in humorous details.
- 5.4Feeling or expressing grief: I left him with a heavy heartMore example sentences
- Instead, there was sadness and a heavy heart about the decision that lies ahead of him.
- He laments on this with heavy heart because his brother had died in the mean time and he is yet to meet his granddaughter.
- She concluded chapter 4, her vision going fuzzy and a heavy ache in her heart; homesickness.
- 5.5 • informal (Of a situation) serious and hard to deal with: things were getting pretty heavyMore example sentences
- Everything was getting pretty heavy with the play as well as all the regular school stuff.
noun (plural heavies)Back to top
- 1A thing, such as a vehicle, that is large or heavy of its kind.More example sentences
- Meanwhile, he is leading the charge at airport to beef up the runway and expand support facilities to accommodate heavies such as the C-5 Galaxy.
- 1.1 • informal A large, strong man, especially one hired for protection: I needed money to pay off the heaviesMore example sentences
- They hire heavies to drive minibuses and intimidate our picket lines.
- From the casino floor, you go through a door in the corner of the casino, guarded by a heavy.
- By ‘real’ stress I mean when the bank heavies are actually knocking on your door and it's pay up time on the arrears on the house payments.
- 1.2An important person: music business heaviesMore example sentences
- Our list includes interesting cases with big names involving celebrities, political heavies and anyone else of notoriety.
- It is unfair is when a team struggling for survival faces a foe loaded with contracted players, and the following week another club, also facing relegation, finds them stripped of the heavies and manages a win.
- If the Indonesian judiciary really can be influenced by political heavies, this is one occasion when I hope such influence is exerted.
- 2chiefly Scottish Strong beer, especially bitter: a pint of heavyMore example sentences
- Lager and heavy may have replaced whiskey, folk ate chips instead of tacos, but country music is all about feeling and the sentiment was real.
- There is a lot of laughter, no doubt fueled by the heavy in the beer tent.
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- Heavily: his words hung heavy in the air [in combination]: heavy-ladenMore example sentences
- Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
- Both were breathing pretty heavy, and not to mention, a couple of people were staring from different tables.
- They climbed quick and sure, breathing heavy in the thinning air.
heavy with child
- • archaic Pregnant.More example sentences
- Rosa was heavy with child, her third in as many years.
- The woman stood there heavy with child, but normally this meant that the belly is swollen and what not, but this was different.
- Audrey looked over and sure enough the horse was heavy with child.
make heavy weather of
- see weather.
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- It has improved pain, fatigue, and heaviness in the legs in several clinical trials.
- But this heaviness only makes his impeccably timed one-liners that much funnier and appreciated.
- The platter is accompanied by Spanish onions sprinkled with hot peppers that cut through the heaviness of the other elements.
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- It's about 18" long and sort of heavyish (the end is definitely solid).
- ‘He needs to be playing regularly because he's a heavyish lad,’ said O'Neill.
- I've been looking at the possibility of making a sketch book from thin card, or from a heavyish watercolour paper.
Old English hefig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hevig, also to heave.