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Pronunciation: /ˈhevi/

Translation of heavy in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-vier, -viest)

  • 1 1.1 (weighty) [load/suitcase/weight] pesado; [saucepan] de fondo grueso it's very heavy es muy pesado, pesa mucho the tree was heavy with fruit el árbol estaba cargado de fruta her eyelids were heavy with sleep se le cerraban los ojos de sueño my legs felt heavy me pesaban las piernas heavy goods vehicle vehículo (masculine) (de carga) de gran tonelaje conditions were heavy underfoot el terreno estaba enlodado heavy work trabajo (masculine) pesado the steering on this car is rather heavy este coche tiene la dirección muy dura
    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.
    1.2 (thick) [fabric/garment] grueso, pesado a heavy gold chain una cadena gruesa de oro a pair of heavy boots un par de botas fuertes 1.3 (solid) [bread/cake/meal] pesado
    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.
    1.4 (large-scale) (before noun/delante del nombre) [artillery/machinery] pesado
    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.
  • 2 2.1 (ponderous) [tread/footstep/movement/fall] pesado; [thud/thump] sordo 2.2 [features] tosco, poco delicado; [eyelids] caído; [sarcasm/irony] poco sutil a man of medium height and heavy build un hombre fornido de estatura mediana a heavy hint una indirecta muy directa [humorous/humorístico] he has rather a heavy touch es poco delicado
    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.
    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.
    2.3 [Physics/Física] (before noun/delante del nombre) [isotope/water] pesado
    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?
  • 3 3.1 (oppressive) [clouds/sky] pesado; [perfume] fuerte a heavy silence un silencio violento or embarazoso to be heavy with sth estar* cargado de algo an atmosphere heavy with suspicion una atmósfera cargada de sospecha 3.2 (loud) [sigh] profundo heavy breather [colloquial/familiar] maníaco (masculine) telefónico
    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.
    3.3 (dark) [shading] fuerte in heavy type en negrita 3.4 (sad) triste, apesadumbrado [literary/literario]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    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.
    3.5 (earnest) [book/treatment] pesado, denso it makes very heavy reading resulta muy pesado de leer we got into a really heavy argument about abortion nos enzarzamos en una discusión muy seria sobre el aborto
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 4 4.1 (intense) [rain] fuerte; [traffic] denso; [expenditure] cuantioso; [crop] abundante to be a heavy drinker/smoker beber/fumar mucho he's a heavy sleeper tiene el sueño pesado, duerme muy profundamente heavy sea mar (feminine) gruesa attendance has been very heavy la asistencia ha sido muy numerosa trading was heavy on the stock exchange today hoy hubo mucho movimiento en la bolsa demand for these products is heavy hay una gran demanda por estos productos I've got a heavy cold tengo un resfriado muy fuerte, estoy muy resfriada heavy emphasis is placed on the importance of training se hace gran hincapié en la importancia de la capacitación 4.2 (severe) [sentence/penalty] severo; [casualties] numeroso; [blow] duro, fuerte heavy losses grandes or cuantiosas pérdidas she paid a heavy price for her arrogance pagó cara su arrogancia 4.3 (demanding, onerous) [responsibility/task] pesado; [schedule] apretado I've had a heavy day at work [colloquial/familiar] he tenido un día de mucho trabajo to be heavy on sth the children are very heavy on their shoes los niños son muy destrozones de zapatos this car is very heavy on oil este coche gasta mucho aceite
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Example sentences
    • Everything was getting pretty heavy with the play as well as all the regular school stuff.
    4.4 (difficult) [slang/argot] she has a pretty heavy time las pasa moradas or negras [colloquial/familiar] things got kind of heavy las cosas se pusieron feas [colloquial/familiar]
    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.
    4.5 (violent) [slang/argot] bruto the heavy mob moved in entraron los matones
    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.


  • to lie/hang/weigh heavy on sb/sth [literary/literario] pesar sobre algn/algo [literary/literario] time hung heavy on her hands las horas se le hacían eternas or muy largas lentils lie very heavy on your stomach las lentejas son muy pesadas or indigestas

noun/nombre (plural -vies)

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