Definition of heavy in English:


Syllabification: heav·y
Pronunciation: /ˈhevē

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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.


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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.


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



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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.

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