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- 1.1 Etymology 1
- 1.2 Etymology 2
- 1.3 See also
- 1.4 References
- 1.5 Anagrams
- 2 German
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This page has 36 definitions of heavy in English, German, and Spanish, Castilian. Heavy is an adjective, an adverb, noun and verb. Examples of how to use heavy in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
English heavy definition
From Middle English hevy, heviȝ, from Old English hefiġ, hefeġ, hæfiġ (“heavy; important, grave, severe, serious; oppressive, grievous; slow, dull”), from Proto-West Germanic *habīg (“heavy, hefty, weighty”), from Proto-Germanic *habīgaz (“heavy, hefty, weighty”), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to take, grasp, hold”).
- enPR: hevʹi
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɛ.vi/
- (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈhe.vi/
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- Rhymes: -ɛvi
- (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.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 1 Samuel 5:6:
- The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make.
- 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion
- Sent hither by my Husband 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.
- (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 The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- [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
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
- 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.
- 1614–1615, Homer, “(please specify the book number)”, in Geo[rge] Chapman, transl., Homer’s Odysses. […], London: […] Rich[ard] Field [and William Jaggard], for Nathaniell Butter, published 1615, OCLC 1002865976; republished in The Odysseys of Homer, […], volume (please specify the book number), London: John Russell Smith, […], 1857, OCLC 987451380:
- The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
- 1613, William Browne, Britannia's Pastorals
- 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
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- whilst the heavy ploughman snores
- 1700, [John] Dryden, “Cymon and Iphigenia, from Boccace”, in Fables Ancient and Modern; […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 228732415:
- a heavy, dull, degenerate mind
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Isaiah 59:1:
- 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
- (of wines or spirits) Having much body or strength.
- (obsolete) With child; pregnant.
- (physics) Containing one or more isotopes that are heavier than the normal one.
- (petroleum) Having high viscosity.
- as heavy as a dead donkey
- heavy artillery
- heavy breather
- heavy breathing
- heavy cavalry
- heavy chain
- heavy chemicals
- heavy client
- heavy cream
- heavy cruiser
- heavy drinker
- heavy drinking
- heavy earth
- heavy element
- heavy glass
- heavy going
- heavy goods vehicle
- heavy heart
- heavy hitter
- heavy hydrogen
- heavy ice
- heavy industry
- heavy ion
- heavy legs
- heavy lifting
- heavy machinery
- heavy metal
- heavy middleweight
- heavy mineral
- heavy oil
- heavy particle
- heavy petting
- heavy rail
- heavy rock
- heavy roller
- heavy-set, heavyset
- heavy sink
- heavy spar
- heavy swell
- heavy tail
- heavy water
- heavy wet
- hot and heavy
- Late Heavy Bombardment
- make heavy weather of
- semiheavy water
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- In a heavy manner; weightily; heavily; gravely.
- heavy laden with their sins
- (colloquial, nonstandard) To a great degree; greatly.
- 1957, Ray Lawler, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Sydney: Fontana Books, published 1974, page 35:
- Olive: What was it - booze? Barney: Yeh. Been hitting it pretty heavy.
- (India, colloquial) very
- hang heavy
- A 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.
- (journalism, slang, chiefly in the plural) A newspaper of the quality press.
- 1973, Allen Hutt, The changing newspaper (page 151)
- 2006, Richard Keeble, The Newspapers Handbook
- Reviewers in the heavies aim to impress with the depth of their knowledge and appreciation.
- (Should we move, merge or split(+) this sense?) (aviation) A large multi-engined aircraft. (The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers.)
- (often with "up") To make heavier. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- To sadden. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (Australia, New Zealand, informal) To use power 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.
- Having the heaves.
- a heavy horse
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German heavy definition
heavy (not comparable)
- (predicative, colloquial, probably slightly dated) heavy; intense; serious; shocking (extraordinary, especially in a bad way)
Spanish heavy definition
heavy (plural heavys)