from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having relatively great weight: a heavy load.
  • adj. Having relatively high density; having a high specific gravity.
  • adj. Large, as in number or quantity: a heavy turnout; heavy casualties.
  • adj. Large in yield or output: heavy rainfall.
  • adj. Of great intensity: heavy activity; heavy fighting.
  • adj. Having great power or force: a heavy punch.
  • adj. Violent; rough: heavy seas.
  • adj. Equipped with massive armaments and weapons: a heavy cruiser; heavy infantry.
  • adj. Large enough to fire powerful shells: heavy guns.
  • adj. Indulging to a great degree: a heavy drinker.
  • adj. Involved or participating on a large scale: a heavy investor.
  • adj. Of great import or seriousness; grave: heavy matters of state.
  • adj. Having considerable thickness: a heavy coat.
  • adj. Broad or coarse: drew the face with heavy lines.
  • adj. Dense; thick: a heavy fog.
  • adj. Slow to dissipate; strong: "There was a heavy fragrance of flowers and lemon trees” ( Mario Puzo).
  • adj. Too dense or rich to digest easily: a heavy dessert.
  • adj. Insufficiently leavened: heavy bread.
  • adj. Full of clay and readily saturated: heavy soil.
  • adj. Weighed down; burdened: trees heavy with plums.
  • adj. Emotionally weighed down; despondent: a heavy heart.
  • adj. Marked by or exhibiting weariness: heavy lids.
  • adj. Sad or painful: heavy news.
  • adj. Hard to do or accomplish; arduous: heavy going; heavy reading.
  • adj. Not easily borne; oppressive: heavy taxes.
  • adj. Lacking vitality; deficient in vivacity or grace: a heavy gait; heavy humor.
  • adj. Sharply inclined; steep: a heavy grade.
  • adj. Having a large capacity or designed for rough work: a heavy truck.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving the large-scale production of basic products, such as steel: heavy industry.
  • adj. Of or relating to a serious dramatic role.
  • adj. Physics Of or relating to an isotope with an atomic mass greater than the average mass of that element.
  • adj. Loud; sonorous: a heavy sound; heavy breathing.
  • adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a syllable ending in a long vowel or in a vowel plus two consonants.
  • adj. Slang Of great significance or profundity.
  • adj. Slang Very popular or important: a rock star who is really heavy.
  • adv. Heavily: The snow is falling heavier tonight than last night.
  • n. A serious or tragic role in a play.
  • n. An actor playing such a role.
  • n. Slang A villain in a story or play.
  • n. Slang A mobster.
  • n. Slang One that is very important or influential: a media heavy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having great weight.
  • adj. Serious, somber.
  • adj. good.
  • adj. Profound.
  • adj. High, great.
  • adj. armed.
  • adj. louder, more distorted
  • adj. hot and humid
  • adj. doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.
  • adj. high in fat or protein; difficult to digest.
  • adj. Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense;
  • adj. laden to a great extent.
  • adv. very
  • n. A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts.
  • n. A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.
  • n. A large multi-engined aircraft.
  • v. To make heavier.
  • v. To sadden.
  • v. To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations; to pressure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the heaves.
  • adj. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; ; hence, sometimes, large in extent, quantity, or effects; ; often implying strength; ; also, difficult to move.
  • adj. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive; hard to endure or accomplish; hence, grievous, afflictive
  • adj. Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with care, grief, pain, disappointment.
  • adj. Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid
  • adj. Strong; violent; forcible.
  • adj. Loud; deep; -- said of sound.
  • adj. Dark with clouds, or ready to rain; gloomy; -- said of the sky.
  • adj. Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey; -- said of earth.
  • adj. Not raised or made light.
  • adj. Not agreeable to, or suitable for, the stomach; not easily digested; -- said of food.
  • adj. Having much body or strength; -- said of wines, or other liquors.
  • adj. With child; pregnant.
  • adv. Heavily; -- sometimes used in composition.
  • transitive v. To make heavy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hard to heave or lift; having much weight or gravity; ponderous: as, a heavy load.
  • Having much weight in proportion to bulk; dense in substance or texture; of high specific gravity, absolutely or relatively: as, the heavy metals; a heavy silk or paper; water is heavier than oil.
  • Of great volume, force, intensity, etc.; of unusual amount or bulk: used of things: as, a heavy fall of rain; a heavy sea; heavy sleep; a heavy meal; a heavy order for goods.
  • Acting, operating, or affected in a large way; doing or suffering something to a great extent or amount: used of persons: as, a heavy dealer in stocks; a heavy buyer.
  • Exceptionally dense in substance or quality, as a fluid; specifically, not properly raised or leavened, as bread; having much body or strength, as wine or beer; thick or viscid, as an oil; loaded with moisture or vapors, as the air; oppressive or producing languor, as an odor.
  • Having comparatively much breadth or thickness; coarse; thick: as, a heavy line in drawing; a heavy scar.
  • Lacking lightness or brightness; without cheerfulness or interest; dull, stupid, weari-some, or depressing: as, a heavy countenance; a heavy book or style.
  • Dull or sluggish; without animation, activity, or briskness of movement: as, a heavy gait; a heavy market.
  • Obstructive; clogging or hindering passage or progress: as, a heavy road or track; heavy soil; his debts are a heavy drag upon him.
  • Weighed or bowed down as with a burden; oppressed, physically or mentally: as, eyes heavy with sleep; a heavy heart.
  • Hard to bear or endure; burdensome; oppressive; afflicting; severe: as, a heavy pain; a heavy reckoning; heavy penalties.
  • Difficult of accomplishment; hard to do or perform; hard to fulfil or discharge: as, a heavy task or undertaking.
  • Sober; serious; relating or pertaining to the representation of didactic or somber parts: as, the heavy father; the heavy villain; the piece has much heavy business.
  • 13. Milit., same as heavy-armed: as, heavy cavalry (meaning cuirassiers and the like).
  • Theat., those who play heavy parts. See def. 12. People who are heavy.
  • To make heavy; grieve.
  • To become heavy or sad.
  • Having the disease called heaves: as, a heavy horse.
  • n. The heavy part in a theatrical representation in which the dignity and self-importance of successful middle life are portrayed.
  • n. The actor who takes this part.
  • n. A member of the heavy cavalry or artillery: usually in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
  • adj. of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment
  • adj. (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight
  • adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
  • adj. large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work
  • adj. darkened by clouds
  • adj. full and loud and deep
  • adj. sharply inclined
  • adj. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
  • adj. made of fabric having considerable thickness
  • adv. slowly as if burdened by much weight
  • adj. of comparatively great physical weight or density
  • adj. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness
  • adj. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal
  • adj. (of sleep) deep and complete
  • adj. unusually great in degree or quantity or number
  • adj. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
  • n. an actor who plays villainous roles
  • adj. requiring or showing effort
  • adj. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  • adj. of great intensity or power or force
  • adj. full of; bearing great weight
  • adj. prodigious
  • adj. of relatively large extent and density
  • adj. slow and laborious because of weight
  • adj. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
  • adj. (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
  • adj. lacking lightness or liveliness
  • adj. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained
  • n. a serious (or tragic) role in a play


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English hevi, from Old English hefig; see kap- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English hevy, heviȝ, from Old English hefiġ, hefeġ, hæfiġ ("heavy; important, grave, severe, serious; oppressive, grievous; slow, dull"), from Proto-Germanic *habīgaz (“heavy, hefty, weighty”), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to take, grasp, hold”), equivalent to heave +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots hevy, havy, heavy ("heavy"), Dutch hevig ("violent, severe, intense, acute"), Middle Low German hēvich ("violent, fierce, intense"), German hebig (cf. heftig ("fierce, severe, intense, violent, heavy")), Icelandic höfugur ("heavy, weighty, important"), Latin capāx ("large, wide, roomy, spacious, capacious, capable, apt").



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  • I enjoy hearing this word used to describe sounds or events: "Suddenly, there was a heavy explosion. The ground heaved. Windows shattered."

    August 8, 2008