Definition of heavy in English:

heavy

Syllabification: heav·y
Pronunciation: /ˈhevē
 
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adjective (heavier, heaviest)

  • 1Of great weight; difficult to lift or move: the pan was too heavy for me to carry
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    weighty, hefty, substantial, ponderous; solid, dense, leaden; burdensome
    informal hulking, weighing a ton
    overweight, fat, obese, corpulent, large, bulky, stout, stocky, heavily built, portly, plump, paunchy, fleshy
    informal hulking, tubby, beefy, porky, pudgy
  • 1.1Used in questions about weight: how heavy is it?
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    • 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 artillery
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    • 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 blossoms
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    laden, loaded, covered, filled, groaning, bursting, teeming, abounding
  • 1.4(Of a person’s head or eyes) feeling weighed down by weariness: a heavy head
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    • 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.
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    • 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 blanket
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    dense, thick, soupy, murky, impenetrable
  • 2.1(Of food or a meal) hard to digest; too filling.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    substantial, filling, hearty, large, big, ample, sizable, generous, square, solid
  • 2.2(Of ground or soil) hard to travel over or work with because muddy or full of clay.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    clayey, muddy, sticky, wet
  • 2.3Not delicate or graceful; coarse: he had a big mustache and heavy features
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    coarse, rough, rough-hewn, unrefined; rugged, craggy
  • 2.4Moving slowly or with difficulty: steering that is heavy when parking
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    • 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 apples
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    • 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 sky
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    overcast, cloudy, clouded, gray, dull, gloomy, murky, dark, black, stormy, leaden, lowering
  • 4Striking or falling with force: a heavy blow to the head we had heavy overnight rain
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    forceful, hard, strong, violent, powerful, vigorous, mighty, hefty, sharp, smart, severetorrential, relentless, copious, teeming, severe
  • 4.1(Of music, especially rock) having a strong bass component and a forceful rhythm.
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    • 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.

noun (plural heavies)

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  • 1A thing, such as a vehicle, that is large or heavy of its kind.
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    • 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 heavies
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    • 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 heavies
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    • 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.
  • 1.3 (heavies) British informal Serious newspapers: reporters from the Sunday heavies
  • 2chiefly Scottish Strong beer, especially bitter: a pint of heavy
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    • 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.

adverb

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  • Heavily: his words hung heavy in the air [in combination]: heavy-laden
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    • 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.

Phrases

heavy with child

archaic Pregnant.
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  • 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

Derivatives

heaviness

noun
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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.

heavyish

adjective
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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.

Origin

Old English hefig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hevig, also to heave.

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