Definitions for: Heavy

[n] a serious (or tragic) role in a play
[n] an actor who plays villainous roles
[adv] slowly as if burdened by much weight; "time hung heavy on their hands"
[adj] darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky"
[adj] (used of soil) compact and fine-grained; "the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated"
[adj] (of sleep) deep and complete; "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"
[adj] lacking lightness or liveliness; "heavy humor"; "a leaden conversation"
[adj] characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"
[adj] requiring or showing effort; "heavy breathing"; "the subject made for labored reading"
[adj] usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
[adj] full of; bearing great weight; "trees heavy with fruit"; "vines weighed down with grapes"
[adj] sharply inclined; "a heavy grade"
[adj] dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal; "a heavy pudding"
[adj] of comparatively great physical weight or density; "a heavy load"; "lead is a heavy metal"; "heavy mahogony furniture"
[adj] large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work; "a heavy truck"; "heavy machinery"
[adj] marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness; "a heavy heart"; "a heavy schedule"; "heavy news"; "a heavy silence"; "heavy eyelids"
[adj] unusually great in degree or quantity or number; "heavy taxes"; "a heavy fine"; "heavy casualties"; "heavy losses"; "heavy rain"; "heavy traffic"
[adj] (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight; "heavy hydrogen"; "heavy water"
[adj] of great intensity or power or force; "a heavy blow"; "the fighting was heavy"; "heavy seas"
[adj] slow and laborious because of weight; "the heavy tread of tired troops"; "moved with a lumbering sag-bellied trot"; "ponderous prehistoric beasts"; "a ponderous yawn"
[adj] of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment; "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"
[adj] of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"
[adj] full and loud and deep; "heavy sounds"; "a herald chosen for his sonorous voice"
[adj] used of syllables or musical beats
[adj] of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; "does a lot of hard drinking"; "a heavy drinker"
[adj] made of fabric having considerable thickness; "a heavy coat"
[adj] permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter; "dense smoke"; "heavy fog"; "impenetrable gloom"
[adj] having or suggesting a viscous consistency; "heavy cream"
[adj] (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain; "Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'"
[adj] wide from side to side; "a heavy black mark"

Webster (1913) Definition: Heav"y, a.
Having the heaves.

Heav"y, a. [Compar. Heavier; superl. Heaviest.] [OE.
hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG.
hebig, hevig, Icel. h["o]figr, h["o]fugr. 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.

Sent hither to impart the heavy news. --Wordsworth.

Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence.

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.

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.

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

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

12. With child; pregnant. [R.]

Heavy artillery. (Mil.)
(a) Guns of great weight or large caliber, esp. siege,
garrison, and seacoast guns.
(b) 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
(c), under Feather.

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

Heav"y, adv.
Heavily; -- sometimes used in composition; as, heavy-laden.

Heav"y, v. t.
To make heavy. [Obs.] --Wyclif.

Synonyms: accented, arduous, backbreaking, big, broad, burdensome, clayey, cloggy, cloudy, compact, deep, dense, distressful, distressing, disturbing, doughy, dull, effortful, fat, fleshy, full, grave, grievous, grueling, gruelling, hard, hard(a), harsh, heavily, heavy-duty, heavy-footed, heavyweight, hefty, impenetrable, important, indigestible, intemperate, labored, laborious, laboured, labourious, leaden, lowering, lumbering, massive, middleweight, of import, onerous, oppressive, overweight, perturbing, ponderous, profound, punishing, soggy, sonorous, sound, steep, stressed, strong, sullen, taxing, thick, threatening, toilsome, troubling, wakeless, weighed down, weighted, weighty, welterweight, wicked, wide, worrisome, worrying

Antonyms: light

See Also: actor, character, histrion, part, persona, player, role, role player, theatrical role, thespian

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