Share this entry


Synonyms of heave in English:


  • 1 she heaved the sofa back into place
    lift, raise, hoist, heft
    informalhump, yank
    [Antonyms] push
  • 2 informal she heaved half a brick at him
    informalbung, chuck, sling
    North American informalpeg
    Australian informalhoy
    New Zealand informalbish
  • 3 he heaved a euphoric sigh of relief
    let out, breathe, give, sigh, gasp, emit, utter
  • 4 the sea heaved up and down beneath her
    rise and fall, roll, swell, surge, churn, boil, seethe, swirl, billow
  • 5 she crawled to the rail and heaved into the sea
    vomit, retch, gag, bring up, cough up;
    British be sick;
    North American get sick
    informalthrow up, puke, chunder, chuck up, hurl, spew, do the technicolor yawn, keck
    British informalhonk, sick up
    Scottish informalboke
  • Definition of heave in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources