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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English hevinesse, from Old English hefiġnes (heaviness). Equivalent to heavy +‎ -ness.

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heaviness (countable and uncountable, plural heavinesses)

  1. The state of being heavy; weight, weightiness, force of impact or gravity.
  2. (archaic) Oppression; dejectedness, sadness.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
      First got with guile, and then preseru'd with dread, / And after spent with pride and lauishnesse, / Leauing behind them griefe and heauinesse.
  3. (obsolete) Drowsiness.

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