Etymology 1 Edit
Middle English , hevy , from heviȝ Old English , hefiġ , hefeġ hæfiġ ( “ heavy; important, grave, severe, serious; oppressive, grievous; slow, dull ” ), from Proto-Germanic *habīgaz ( “ heavy, hefty, weighty ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- ( “ to take, grasp, hold ” ), equivalent to + heave . Cognate with -y Scots , hevy , havy heavy ( “ heavy ” ), Dutch hevig ( “ violent, severe, intense, acute ” ), Middle Low German hēvich ( “ violent, fierce, intense ” ), German (compare hebig heftig ( “ fierce, severe, intense, violent, heavy ” )), Icelandic höfugur ( “ heavy, weighty, important ” ), Latin capāx ( “ large, wide, roomy, spacious, capacious, capable, apt ” ).
heavy ( comparative , heavier superlative )
Four men lifting a
( of a physical object ) Having great weight.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in : The Celebrity Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. [… ] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.
( of a topic ) Serious, somber. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive.
heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc. Bible, 1 Sam. v. 6
The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod. Shakespeare
The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make. Wordsworth
Sent hither to impart the heavy news.
( Britain , slang , dated ) Good.
This film is heavy.
( dated , late 1960s , 1970s , US ) Profound.
The Moody Blues are, like, heavy.
( of a rate of flow ) High, great.
The ovarian response to gonadotropic hormones may be erratic at first, so that irregular or heavy bleeding sometimes occurs
( slang ) Armed.
Come heavy, or not at all.
( music ) Louder, more distorted.
Metal is heavier than swing.
( of weather ) Hot and humid.
( of a person ) Doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.
He was a heavy sleeper, a heavy eater and a heavy smoker - certainly not an ideal husband.
( of food ) High in fat or protein; difficult to digest.
Cheese-stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising. Of great force, power, or intensity;
deep or intense.
1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
The surf was not heavy, and there was no undertow, so we made shore easily, effecting an equally easy landing. 2013 July 20, “ Out of the gloom”, in , volume 408, number 8845: The Economist [Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages. it was a heavy storm; a heavy slumber in bed; a heavy punch
Laden to a great extent.
his eyes were heavy with sleep; she was heavy with child Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with grief, pain, disappointment, etc.
The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were. Shakespeare
A light wife doth make a heavy husband. William Browne
Seating himselfe within a darkesome cave, / (Such places heavy Saturnists doe crave,) / Where yet the gladsome day was never seene [… ] Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid.
a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, etc. a heavy writer or book Shakespeare
whilst the heavy ploughman snores Dryden
a heavy, dull, degenerate mind Bible, Is. lix. 1
Neither [is] his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey.
a heavy road; a heavy soil Not raised or leavened.
heavy bread Having much body or strength; said of wines or spirits.
( obsolete ) With child; pregnant. ( physics ) Containing one or more isotopes that are heavier than the normal one
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having great weight
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gravis (la) Latvian: smags (lv)
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nisdaaz ( I am heavy ), ndaaz ( it is heavy ) Ngazidja Comorian:
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tung , (no) vektig Nynorsk: tung , (nn) vektig Old English:
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pezant (wa) , m ploncasse (wa) m or f Welsh:
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swier (fy) White Hmong:
please add this translation if you can Yucatec Maya:
zwaer Zhuang: naek
Japanese: 重装備 ( じゅうそうび, jūsōbi )
of music: loud, distorted
of a person: doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people
of great force
Maori: tātā ( referring to rain )
heavy ( comparative , more heavy superlative )
heavy laden with their sins ( India , colloquial ) very
Derived terms Edit
heavy ( plural heavies or )
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.
( slang ) A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.
A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it. (Should we move ( this sense?) +) ( 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 )
( often with "up" ) To make heavier. To sadden.
( Australia , 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.
1985, Australian House of Representatives, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, Issue 11, Part 1, page 1570,
[… ] the Prime Minister sought to evade the simple fact that he heavied Mr Reid to get rid of Dr Armstrong.
2001, Finola Moorhead, Darkness More Visible, Spinifex Press, Australia, page 557,
But he is on the wrong horse, heavying me. My phone′s tapped. Well, he won′t find anything. 2005, David Clune, Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, 1856-2005, Volume 3: 1901-2005, page 421,
But the next two days of the Conference also produced some very visible lobbying for the succession and apparent heavying of contenders like Brereton, Anderson and Mulock - much of it caught on television.
Etymology 2 Edit
heavy ( comparative , more heavy superlative )
Having the heaves.
a heavy horse
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