[ US /ˈhɛvi/ ]
[ UK /hˈɛvi/ ]
  1. (of sleep) deep and complete
    deep wakeless sleep
    fell into a profound sleep
    a heavy sleep
    a sound sleeper
  2. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
  3. full and loud and deep
    a herald chosen for his sonorous voice
    heavy sounds
  4. (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight
    heavy hydrogen
    heavy water
  5. made of fabric having considerable thickness
    a heavy coat
  6. slow and laborious because of weight
    the heavy tread of tired troops
    moved with a lumbering sag-bellied trot
    a ponderous yawn
    ponderous prehistoric beasts
  7. full of; bearing great weight
    trees heavy with fruit
    vines weighed down with grapes
  8. large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work
    a heavy truck
    heavy machinery
  9. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
    a grievous fault
    heavy matters of state
    the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference
    faced a grave decision in a time of crisis
    grave responsibilities
  10. requiring or showing effort
    heavy breathing
    the subject made for labored reading
  11. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
    a hard drinker
  12. of comparatively great physical weight or density
    lead is a heavy metal
    heavy mahogany furniture
    a heavy load
  13. (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
    Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'
  14. lacking lightness or liveliness
    heavy humor
    a leaden conversation
  15. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained
    the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated
  16. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal
    a heavy pudding
  17. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
    impenetrable gloom
    heavy fog
    dense smoke
  18. sharply inclined
    a heavy grade
  19. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness
    a heavy heart
    a heavy silence
    heavy eyelids
    a heavy schedule
    heavy news
  20. of relatively large extent and density
    a heavy line
  21. in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    was big with child
    was great with child
  22. unusually great in degree or quantity or number
    heavy traffic
    heavy taxes
    heavy casualties
    heavy rain
    heavy losses
    a heavy fine
  23. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
    worked their arduous way up the mining valley
    heavy going
    hard labor
    heavy work
    set a punishing pace
    a grueling campaign
    spent many laborious hours on the project
  24. darkened by clouds
    a heavy sky
  25. of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment
    heavy industry involves large-scale production of basic products (such as steel) used by other industries
    a heavy cruiser
    heavy artillery
    heavy infantry
    heavy guns
  26. of great intensity or power or force
    heavy seas
    heavy seas
    a heavy blow
    the fighting was heavy
  27. prodigious
    big eater
    big spender
    heavy investor
  1. slowly as if burdened by much weight
    time hung heavy on their hands
  1. an actor who plays villainous roles
  2. a serious (or tragic) role in a play
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How To Use heavy In A Sentence

  • Mix together with as few stirs as possible - mixing too much will make the muffins too dense and heavy. The Sun
  • trees heavy with fruit
  • A statistical model for decay and formation of heavy hadronic resonances is formulated.
  • Offenders may be liable to a heavy fine.
  • The features in this home are just too many to mention such as coffered ceilings, multi-light windows, heavy door and window casings, and other elements that give this home great charm. WN.com - Business News
  • Brush the aubergines with oil, add salt and pepper, and bake till soft. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a heavy pan.
  • Wildlife Watching Supplies stock a wide range of materials, olive green or camouflage pattern, lightweight, medium and heavy weight, showerproofed polycotton and waterproof nylon.
  • She huffed, stood up, arched her back in a heavyweight stretch, turned to the fountain and started in on a long, long drink.
  • There wasn't a puff of wind for most of an unseasonally cold day and the heavy overnight rain had softened both the fairways and greens to make them more receptive.
  • A couple of weeks after the monarch's announcement, heavy rain began to fall, thus ending the drought.
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