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Meaning of heavy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English hevy, from Old English hefiġ .


    • enPR: hev'i, IPA: /ˈhɛvi/, X-SAMPA: /"hEvi/
    • Rhymes: -ɛvi


    heavy ( comparative heavier, superlative heaviest )

    Four men lifting a heavy sideboard.
    1. ( of a physical object ) Having great weight .
    2. ( of a topic ) Serious, somber .
    3. ( UK, slang ) good .
      This film is heavy .
    4. ( dated, late 1960s, 1970s, US ) Profound .
      The Moody Blues are, like, heavy .
    5. ( of a rate of flow ) High, great .
    6. ( slang ) armed .
      Come heavy, or not at all .
    7. ( Music terminology ) louder, more distorted
      Metal is heavier than swing .
    8. ( of weather ) hot and humid
    9. ( of a person ) doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people .
      He was a heavy sleeper, heavy eater and a heavy smoker - certainly not an ideal husband .
    10. ( of food ) high in fat or protein; difficult to digest .
      Cheese stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising .
    11. Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense;
      It was a heavy storm
      A heavy slumber in bed
      A heavy punch
    12. laden to a great extent .
      His eyes were heavy with sleep
      She was heavy with child


    heavy ( not comparable )

    1. ( India, colloquial ) very


    heavy ( plural: heavys or heavies )

    1. A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts .
      With his wrinkled, uneven face, the actor always seemed to play the heavy in films .
    2. ( slang ) A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard .
      A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it .
    3. ( aviation ) A large multi-engined aircraft .
      The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers .


    heavy ( third-person singular simple present heavies present participle heavying, simple past and past participle heavied )

    1. ( often with "up" ) To make heavier .
    2. To sadden .
    3. ( Australian, New Zealand, informal ) To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations; to pressure .
      The union was well known for the methods it used to heavy many businesses .


Explanation of heavy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. slowly as if burdened by much weight

    2. time hung heavy on their hands
    1. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    2. darkened by clouds

    3. a heavy sky
    4. ( used of soil ) compact and fine-grained

    5. the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated
    6. ( of sleep ) deep and complete

    7. a heavy sleep
    8. lacking lightness or liveliness

    9. heavy humor
    10. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

    11. heavy work
      heavy going
    12. requiring or showing effort

    13. heavy breathing
    14. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it

    15. full of

    16. trees heavy with fruit
    17. sharply inclined

    18. a heavy grade
    19. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal

    20. a heavy pudding
    21. of comparatively great physical weight or density

    22. a heavy load
      lead is a heavy metal
      heavy mahogany furniture
    23. large and powerful

    24. a heavy truck
      heavy machinery
    25. marked by great psychological weight

    26. a heavy heart
      a heavy schedule
      heavy news
      a heavy silence
      heavy eyelids
    27. unusually great in degree or quantity or number

    28. heavy taxes
      a heavy fine
      heavy casualties
      heavy losses
      heavy rain
      heavy traffic
    29. being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight

    30. heavy hydrogen
      heavy water
    31. of great intensity or power or force

    32. a heavy blow
      the fighting was heavy
      heavy seas
    33. slow and laborious because of weight

    34. the heavy tread of tired troops
    35. of the military or industry

    36. heavy artillery
      heavy infantry
      a heavy cruiser
      heavy guns
      heavy industry involves large-scale production of basic products ( such as steel ) used by other industries
    37. of great gravity or crucial import

    38. heavy matters of state
    39. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    40. full and loud and deep

    41. heavy sounds
    42. prodigious

    43. heavy investor
    44. made of fabric having considerable thickness

    45. a heavy coat
    46. of relatively large extent and density

    47. a heavy line
    48. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter

    49. heavy fog
    50. ( of an actor or role ) being or playing the villain

    51. Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'
    1. a serious ( or tragic ) role in a play

    2. an actor who plays villainous roles

    Definition of heavy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Heavy a. Having the heaves.

    2. Heavy a. [Compar. Heavier ; superl. Heaviest.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. höfigr, höfugr. See Heave.]
      1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, “a heavy stone”; hence, sometimes, large in extent, quantity, or effects; as, “a heavy fall of rain or snow; a heavy failure; heavy business transactions, etc.”; often implying strength; as, “a heavy barrier”; also, difficult to move; as, “a heavy draught”.

      2. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive; hard to endure or accomplish; hence, grievous, afflictive; as, “heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc.”

      The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod. 1 Sam. v. 6.

      The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make. Shak.

      Sent hither to impart the heavy news. Wordsworth.

      Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence. Shak.

      3. Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with care, grief, pain, disappointment.

      The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were. Chapman.

      A light wife doth make a heavy husband. Shak.

      4. Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid; as, “a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, and the like; a heavy writer or book.”

      Whilst the heavy plowman snores. Shak.

      Of a heavy, dull, degenerate mind. Dryden.

      Neither [is] his ear heavy, that it can not hear. Is. lix. 1.

      5. Strong; violent; forcible; as, “a heavy sea, storm, cannonade, and the like”.

      6. Loud; deep; -- said of sound; as, “heavy thunder”.

      But, hark! that heavy sound breaks in once more. Byron.

      7. Dark with clouds, or ready to rain; gloomy; -- said of the sky.

      8. Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey; -- said of earth; as, “a heavy road, soil, and the like”.

      9. Not raised or made light; as, “heavy bread”.

      10. Not agreeable to, or suitable for, the stomach; not easily digested; -- said of food.

      11. Having much body or strength; -- said of wines, or other liquors.

      12. With child; pregnant. [R.]

      Heavy artillery. ( Mil. ) Guns of great weight or large caliber, esp. siege, garrison, and seacoast guns. Troops which serve heavy guns. -- Heavy cavalry. See under Cavalry. -- Heavy fire ( Mil. ), a continuous or destructive cannonading, or discharge of small arms. -- Heavy metal ( Mil. ), large guns carrying balls of a large size; also, large balls for such guns. -- Heavy metals. ( Chem. ) See under Metal. -- Heavy weight, in wrestling, boxing, etc., a term applied to the heaviest of the classes into which contestants are divided. Cf. Feather weight under Feather.

      ☞ Heavy is used in composition to form many words which need no special explanation; as, heavy-built, heavy-browed, heavy-gaited, etc.

    3. Heavy, adv. Heavily; -- sometimes used in composition; as, “heavy-laden”.

    4. Heavy, v. t. To make heavy. [Obs.] Wyclif.