From Middle English hevinesse, from Old English hefiġnes (“heaviness”). Equivalent to heavy + -ness.
heaviness (countable and uncountable, plural heavinesses)
- The state of being heavy; weight, weightiness, force of impact or gravity.
- (archaic) Oppression; dejectedness, sadness; low spirits.
- 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.
- William Shakespeare
- By so much the more shall I to-morrow be at the height of heart-heaviness.
- (obsolete) Drowsiness.