from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of above average weight.
  • noun The heaviest weight division in professional boxing, having no upper limit, with contestants usually weighing more than 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms).
  • noun A boxer competing in this weight division.
  • noun A similar weight division in other sports, such as weightlifting.
  • noun A contestant in this weight division.
  • noun Informal A person of great importance or influence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person whose weight exceeds the average; specifically, a boxer or other contestant whose weight places him in the highest of the four grades or classes of contestants recognized by sporting men, the others being middle-weight, light-weight, and feather-weight.
  • noun A person of weight or importance; one of much influence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective heaviest in a category.
  • noun a wrestler who weighs more than 214 pounds.
  • noun a boxer who weighs more than 195 pounds.
  • noun a very large person.
  • noun a person of exceptional importance and reputation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A very large, heavy, or impressive person.
  • noun The professional boxing weight division for boxers weighing more than 190 pounds; a boxer in that division.
  • noun A similar division and contestant in other sports.
  • adjective Of the heavyweight boxing (or similar) division.
  • adjective Being relatively heavy.
  • adjective Being a leader in one's field.

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

  • noun a professional boxer who weighs more than 190 pounds
  • noun a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
  • noun a person of exceptional importance and reputation
  • noun an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 201 pounds
  • noun a wrestler who weighs more than 214 pounds


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