Definition of heavy in English:



  • 1Of great weight; difficult to lift or move.

    ‘the pan was too heavy for me to carry’
    • ‘Yesterday, cranes lifted heavy chunks of concrete, metal beams and giant buckets of broken building materials.’
    • ‘She was physically weaker and unable to lift or move anything heavy.’
    • ‘How did they know they would be allowed to get away with the trucks they must have used to move the heavy artifacts which they stole?’
    • ‘Villagers, forbidden to wear shoes, were required to carry heavy loads over difficult terrain.’
    • ‘Am I supposed to scream that my brother has to set the table too and must I lift a heavy load to prove my freedom?’
    • ‘She said a stomach operation she had a few years ago made it difficult for her to lift the heavy cardboard which she sold last year.’
    • ‘The ladies made it quite clear that the tables and chairs were too heavy for them to lift, and asked the Council for assistance.’
    • ‘She has her groceries packed with a small quantity in each bag as she cannot lift heavy loads.’
    • ‘I've tried lifting heavy things, drinking gallons of water.’
    • ‘Although they look like bags of flour, they are heavy and difficult to lift.’
    • ‘I smiled, shook my head, and lifted the heavy mechanism with only some difficulty.’
    • ‘It turned out that they were just locals making a buck or two by lifting the heavy loads.’
    • ‘‘I motivated myself to lift heavy objects because I wanted to do the garden,’ said Joe.’
    • ‘The doll wiggled and struggled to get free but the weight of Adam's foot on its chest was too heavy for it to move off.’
    • ‘Hoists are fitted into tracks in the ceiling, so students can practice lifting and moving heavy patients who are unable to move themselves.’
    • ‘Many back injuries occur because we lift or move heavy objects without adequate stabilizing strength.’
    • ‘Instead, we helped him feed his cat, get his mail, and move furniture deemed too heavy to lift by his doctor.’
    • ‘For example, if some of your employees must lift or move heavy objects, make sure they have the proper equipment to do so.’
    • ‘It certainly proves that Bob can fix an engine or lift heavy loads.’
    • ‘As for the helmet, he hadn't noticed it until he tried to lift his head and found that it was too heavy to move.’
    overweight, large, bulky, stout, stocky, portly, plump, paunchy, fleshy, fat, obese, corpulent, of ample build, ample, well upholstered, well padded, broad in the beam, falstaffian
    weighty, hefty, big, large, substantial, massive, ponderous
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    1. 1.1Used in questions about weight.
      ‘how heavy is it?’
      • ‘How tall and how heavy is an average model supposed to be to have a good career?’
      • ‘If they really existed, just how heavy would those plates have been given the size and description by Smith?’
      • ‘If a brick weighs a kilogram plus half a brick, how heavy is the brick?’
    2. 1.2[attributive](of a class of thing) above the average weight; large of its kind.
      ‘heavy artillery’
      • ‘Emergency services brought out the heavy artillery yesterday afternoon in an effort to free a man from his crushed vehicle.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, research shows that heavy artillery has far from exhausted its unique potential yet.’
      • ‘The spiritual battle needs the heavy artillery of fasting and prayer.’
      • ‘Every fourth pair will carry the heavy grade weapons.’
      • ‘It's time to call in the heavy artillery: the president of the United States.’
      • ‘The number of horses was scarcely up to the average, the heavy draught horses being not quite so plentiful.’
      • ‘The tax for heavy vehicles above 12 tonnes will be calculated in a new manner, which will reduce it slightly.’
      • ‘In fact they put up a spirited fight for much of this contest, but lacked the heavy artillery.’
      • ‘But the heavy artillery proved too much for the overwhelmed natives and the last sad remnants of the tribe fled into the bush.’
      • ‘It is not a strong action and should not be subjected to loads that are anywhere near the heavy class.’
      • ‘But from ahead the sounds of heavy artillery fire suggested that sterner opposition was to come.’
      • ‘On paper, Italy have enough heavy artillery to do something similar on Saturday evening.’
      • ‘Yet just when Scotland thought they had done enough to win the game, the English heavy artillery regrouped for one final assault on the Scottish lines.’
      • ‘There was an engineering professor who came in to find his class talking about heavy boots.’
      • ‘At the championship the Bulgarian team will defend its titles in the heavy categories, which are scheduled for the end of the week.’
      • ‘With this kind of heavy artillery, it's surprising these guys didn't win long ago.’
      • ‘One of the terms used in estimating the clearance time of the heavy vehicle is its average acceleration in starting gear.’
    3. 1.3[predicative]Weighed down; full of something.
      ‘branches heavy with blossoms’
      • ‘The Big Country has tremendous scale and scenic power, but every tableau is heavy with purpose both leading up and going away.’
      • ‘Apparently it's really good, heavy with a caramel taste, and has a heavy body to it!’
      • ‘The atmosphere was heavy with the aroma of beer and hotdogs.’
      • ‘He stood, suddenly heavy with guilt and a kind of sorrow he could not express.’
      • ‘Although the costumes were heavy with ornaments, the performers pulled off the choreographed show with style and grace.’
      • ‘Her clothes were heavy with dirt and her hair straggly and greasy.’
      • ‘Soon enough the flowering trees would be heavy with blossoms, and it would be his favorite time of year.’
      • ‘I read with the greatest appreciation those contributions that were not heavy with academic jargon.’
      • ‘The book was based very largely on his own family history; it was heavy with symbolism; and it was long.’
      • ‘But now the lineup is heavy with rookies, and the coaches don't like to use young players.’
      • ‘His voice was heavy with booze, yet even in his inebriated state, he managed to speak clearly.’
      • ‘While his voice was hardly dissenting, it was heavy with cautiousness and pragmatism.’
      • ‘A long silence weighs heavy with the major decisions he has made in his life.’
      • ‘Today, more than 25 years later and with his sensational trial underway, it is heavy with irony.’
      • ‘His pitches are heavy with movement, and his assortment makes deception fairly easy.’
      • ‘The fragrance is intense and long stems are heavy with deep-orange pollen that stains if brushed against.’
      • ‘The room was heavy with smoke, for in the center burned a groggy fire.’
      • ‘Her voice was heavy with sarcasm, and annoyance flashed briefly in her eyes.’
      • ‘The proceedings however, are heavy with the hand of the local government.’
      • ‘His voice is heavy with sarcasm, and it strikes me like a punch, hard and fast.’
      laden, loaded, covered, filled, groaning, bursting, teeming, abounding, weighed down, weighted down
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    4. 1.4(of a person's head or eyes) feeling weighed down by weariness.
      ‘a heavy head’
      • ‘Then, when they're awake they stagger around all dopey with heavy eyes.’
      • ‘The next morning brings heavy heads and bleary eyes, and a need for some fresh air.’
      • ‘My head is heavy, my big toe is itching and my stomach feels all nostalgic.’
      • ‘His hair was tousled, his eyes were heavy and he smiled at her sleepily.’
      • ‘A heavy head from the previous night's celebrations only added to their pain.’
      • ‘With effort, she raised herself into a sitting position and realized that her head was uncannily heavy.’
      • ‘She closed her heavy eyes and the rocking of the boat quickly lulled her into a troubled sleep.’
      • ‘Charlie shook his heavy head of blonde hair and grinned, picking up his things as we followed the crowd towards the door.’
      • ‘With careful planning, you may still wake up with a heavy head, but your wallet shouldn't be too much lighter.’
      • ‘Her eyes were too heavy to open and all that reached her ears were voices that she didn't understand.’
      • ‘Of course, I argued it far better in the magazine, but it's gone midnight now and my eyes are heavy.’
      • ‘His gaunt face seemed dead as his heavy eyes watched the younger man, hands casually in his pockets.’
      • ‘After hours of sitting at a desk, the head is heavy and eyes are tired.’
      • ‘And you just want to lay your incredibly heavy head on your pillow and sleep sleep sleep the pain away?’
      • ‘Her heavy head rested on her arm, and her face wore a blank expression.’
      • ‘I have a horrible dry throat and my eyes are heavy and tired.’
      • ‘She looked at his heavy eyes, fearing that a tear might squeeze out of them.’
      • ‘His eyes were heavy and cute, a permanent smile plastered on his lips.’
      • ‘Closing my heavy eyes again I feel myself falling into a swirling mist that refuses to settle.’
      • ‘Often hearts are dull, however, ears are tired of listening, and eyes are heavy or closed.’
    5. 1.5Physics Of or containing atoms of an isotope of greater than the usual mass.
      See also heavy water
      • ‘Finally, you build an atom smasher and physically knock helium nuclei from some heavy atoms.’
      • ‘Why are there usually more neutrons than protons in a heavy element?’
      • ‘This is a region in the periodic table where very heavy atoms are stable, because of the particular arrangement that the nuclear particles may take.’
      • ‘Chemical bonds between hydrogen and heavy atoms were constrained to their equilibrium value.’
      • ‘The nuclei of heavy isotopes are rich in neutrons, which dominate their nuclear surface.’
  • 2Of great density; thick or substantial.

    ‘heavy gray clouds’
    ‘a heavy blanket’
    • ‘They could see an immense mountain that stretched up into heavy thick clouds.’
    • ‘The thick heavy grey smoke lingered among the branches and prevented the flowers and buds from being burned by frost.’
    • ‘Aching from head to toe, Clara pulled the thick, heavy robe around her waist and cinched the belt tighter.’
    • ‘A little bit of blue could be seen between the heavy gray clouds, which were indeed on their way south.’
    • ‘But come today, the warm sun had been replaced by a chilly wind and heavy grey clouds and an uninvited rain shower delayed the start of the tennis by an hour.’
    • ‘He sauntered along, still wearing his heavy coat and woolen hat which was never, ever removed.’
    • ‘It dominated the center of a room littered with thick, heavy black ropes and copper vines.’
    • ‘The entire fish is covered with a heavy layer of thick mucus which is thought to provide protection from infection.’
    • ‘The felt is quite heavy and thicker than normal blinds and the felt I use is very uniform and flat, almost like parchment as it has bits of seeds and wood from the sheep in it.’
    • ‘Before touching the cat, cover her head with a thick blanket or heavy towel to protect yourself from being bitten.’
    • ‘Neither man struggled when their arms were bound with a thick heavy rope.’
    • ‘We were sitting in my room for our third tutoring session, and the clouds outside were heavy and grey.’
    • ‘Most of the seated figures wear a distinctive heavy robe with thick, rounded borders.’
    • ‘The sun was shrouded by heavy clouds that grayed the bright colors of the earth.’
    • ‘It was thick and heavy and I could only guess it was a blanket or something like it.’
    • ‘The creaking of the heavy canvas above her as the crew began to set sail brought her back to the present with a jump.’
    • ‘I am also wearing very thick, heavy socks, and my feet are STILL cold.’
    • ‘Pat screamed as she thrust a bucket of thick, heavy black paint at the wall and it splattered everywhere.’
    • ‘They drew aside a thick and heavy curtain that led to another layer of thin curtains.’
    • ‘A late-autumn storm shoved heavy gray clouds across the sky and into the distance.’
    • ‘The mist around them turned to a thick heavy fog, laden with mystery, and death.’
    dense, thick, opaque, soupy, murky, smoggy, impenetrable
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    1. 2.1(of food or a meal) hard to digest; too filling.
      • ‘If sliced bread is too heavy, place the meat with a little lettuce and a splash of mustard or dressing in a spinach tortilla wrap.’
      • ‘Not as many clothes, not as much heavy food, and no problems with snow or ice.’
      • ‘The two men will eat the same heavy soup at the beginning and end of each day.’
      • ‘They both cook the usual northern dishes, particularly the heavy meat and vegetable stews suited to their cold winters.’
      • ‘A heavy bread made from barley flour was common, but there is evidence that at least some people had wheaten bread available to them.’
      • ‘I arrived back at my desk feeling slightly sleepy from the lovely sunshine, and overfull from the heavy chocolate torte I'd had for desert.’
      • ‘Melons should not be eaten with heavy foods like cheese, deep-fried foods or the heavier grains.’
      • ‘This may have been a rather heavy dish, but it suited me down to the ground.’
      • ‘The waitress recommended the banana cake, but it sounded a little too heavy after such a filling meal.’
      • ‘The best bit is none of these desserts is too heavy, but they'll round off a meal in style.’
      • ‘All too often, bread pudding is too heavy and solid, but I could have gone for another slice of this stuff.’
      • ‘I cooked more healthfully by omitting heavy sauces and oil, using nonfat cooking spray instead.’
      • ‘The spicy cucumber salad was very simple, but an excellent foil for the heavy food.’
      • ‘He said that fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grain give you more energy compared to a heavy dish.’
      • ‘The doctor said that I won't be able to eat a lot of heavy foods - something like that.’
      • ‘I'm drawn instinctively to heavy food and I love red food because it's the colour of my rage.’
      • ‘You may wish to avoid heavy foods before sleeping and you may also want to try a simplified diet for a week.’
      substantial, filling, hearty, large, big, ample, sizeable, generous, square, solid
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    2. 2.2(of ground or soil) hard to travel over or work with because muddy or full of clay.
      • ‘If you have heavy soil, dry and bright days are a good chance to get out and dig it over so that the frost can help break it down over winter.’
      • ‘Their familiar homeland of Norway has heavy clay soils ground up by glaciers.’
      • ‘Very sandy or heavy clay soils benefit from the addition of organic material.’
      • ‘Whether the soil is heavy clay or sandy and very free draining, it can be greatly improved by the addition of bulky organic matter.’
      • ‘Weather patterns are changing and we have more downpours today; if your soil is heavy, the water does not drain away.’
      • ‘They provide the slow, gentle soaking that slopes, heavy clay soils, and seed beds need.’
      • ‘Additionally, I garden on quite heavy soil with a good population of slugs and snails.’
      • ‘The Irish spade also performs beautifully in tight spaces or in heavy clay or rocky soils.’
      • ‘The soil should be well-drained, so add sufficient sand to heavy clay soils.’
      • ‘This is a heavy soil and is sticky when wet making it hard to work with.’
      • ‘Just turn heavy soil over and let the winter break it down.’
      • ‘The heavy clay garden soil that you regularly curse over is fine for aquatic plants.’
      • ‘Mix grit in with heavy soil and sit the bulbs on a layer of grit to stop them rotting.’
      • ‘Use bonfire ash as a conditioner for heavy soil; it adds potash to help fruit and flowers.’
      • ‘In areas with heavy clay soil, add a layer of lightly structured topsoil.’
      • ‘A few buckets of well-rotted garden compost or mushroom compost can also be added, which will help to lighten heavy soil.’
      • ‘If your soil is very heavy clay and drains poorly, you might want to build a raised bed.’
      • ‘However, even heavy soils and subsoils can drain adequately if they have good crumb structure.’
      • ‘The roots tend to stay in a compact ball and are too fine to get through heavy clay soils.’
      • ‘One Ethiopian study showed that heavy clay soils which could not be worked with wooden ploughs became fertile when steel was used.’
      clayey, clay, viscous, viscid, muddy, sticky, glutinous, gluey, difficult, wet
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    3. 2.3Not delicate or graceful; coarse.
      ‘he had a big mustache and heavy features’
      • ‘His skin was scarred and rough; the heavy brows were turned in a stubborn frown even in sleep.’
      • ‘Never one for preamble, his heavy features were hawklike with concentration.’
      • ‘As they rushed by, Mark glanced their faces, which were characterized by heavy Mexican features.’
      • ‘The site will be suitable for all ages, and will not feature heavy language.’
      • ‘The building features window keystones, coloured tiles, and heavy overhanging cornices.’
      coarse, rough, rough-hewn, ungraceful, unrefined, inelegant
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    4. 2.4Moving slowly or with difficulty.
      ‘steering that is heavy when parking’
      • ‘You will always have steering albeit heavy steering even if you lose your power steering.’
      • ‘I asked my father to try the car last night, and he also feels the steering is heavy.’
    5. 2.5(of a smell) overpowering.
      ‘the air was heavy with the sweet odor of apples’
      • ‘With specks of gravy on his tie and the heavy smell of garlic, his dinner is a dead giveaway.’
      • ‘Plus, don't assume that a heavy chemical smell means the pool is clean.’
      • ‘River otters have paired scent glands at the base of their tail which give off a heavy, musky smell.’
      • ‘Within the heavy smell of must there was the slightest fragrance of perfume.’
      • ‘I meant to wait however long it took, even if I had to sit in that unfriendly place and smell the heavy aroma of frying fat from the kitchens forever.’
      • ‘I stood back again, this time over the heavy scent of alcohol streaming from Jason's mouth.’
      • ‘The heavy smell of perfume and sweat in the locker room hit me as I went through the two doors.’
      • ‘I awoke very suddenly to the heavy, heady smell of smoke, and it immediately felt as if my lungs were being stabbed.’
      • ‘OK, so they didn't really cancel the race, but boy, a lot of people were left wishing they had, and there was a heavy smell of dead fish.’
      • ‘He growled deep in his throat, and finally they turned to leave back into the hall's heavy kitchen smells.’
      • ‘I was suddenly aware of how noisy and rowdy the party was, and I noted the heavy smell of alcohol in the air.’
      • ‘As we began our walk down the iron bridge road, the scent of honeysuckle was heavy and sweet in the cool morning air.’
      • ‘By now I had gotten used to the heavy scent of roses.’
      • ‘Soon, she was very near to Dave, and he could smell a heavy perfume from her.’
      • ‘The city loomed before her, the heavy smells of smog and people and life moving all around her.’
      • ‘He had matches and there was oil, a heavy, sick smell.’
      • ‘My dry cleaner was able to get the heavy smoke smell out… but the discoloration of the fabric remains.’
      • ‘The heavy smell of liquor hung in the air, assaulting my sensitive nose, and making my eyes water.’
      • ‘Crushing it with her fingers, a heavy sweet scent started to surround her.’
      • ‘Her mind was still hazy and the heavy scent of the colorless liquid wasn't helping her head much.’
    6. 2.6(of the sky) full of dark clouds; oppressive.
      ‘a heavy thundery sky’
      • ‘A heavy overcast sky presses down relentlessly as the passing traffic swallows up the remaining air.’
      • ‘The sky was heavy and grey as she saw it in the narrow band over the near black wood.’
      • ‘It has been quite light on my drive to work for the last few weeks but today it was darker again with a very heavy sky.’
      • ‘Under heavy skies, the marchers walked the three-mile route.’
      • ‘It was tipping it down now and the sky was dark and heavy.’
      • ‘I sat beside the downstairs window late in the evening, staring out at the heavy sky.’
      • ‘It felt as if I could run forever and nothing mattered except the heavy sky above me.’
      • ‘The day began with a heavy, overcast sky and a stiffening breeze, but by the time Woods teed up in the early afternoon the sun came out and the wind eased.’
      • ‘Thunder rolls almost constantly through heavy skies, interspersed by the occasional torrential downpour.’
      • ‘After an hour the fairways and greens were laced with perspiration as the two divisions toiled away under the heavy skies.’
      • ‘The sky is grey, a deep heavy sky above, drooping from the vaults.’
      • ‘Then I took myself out to the garden and cut grass under increasingly heavy skies.’
  • 3Of more than the usual size, amount, or force.

    ‘rush hour traffic was heavy and I was delayed’
    • ‘The guard wore a heavy amount of armor that made him seem massive in size.’
    • ‘I dozed fitfully and uncomfortably at first and then fell into a deep, heavy sleep.’
    • ‘It is only a few seconds, though, and we're all of us entitled to a few seconds of grumpiness when emerging from a heavy sleep.’
    • ‘Troubled by the heavy cold and a lot of work for the previous several days, I was actually feeling quite low.’
    • ‘He did not normally drink because he suffered from ulcers, but at the time had a heavy cold.’
    • ‘I bumbled through the weekend dopily and fell into a heavy sleep last night - my bed too comfortable, hot water bottle too comforting.’
    • ‘They say the town already suffers from heavy amounts of traffic and that the additional houses will only add to it.’
    • ‘However, that cut, despite the heavy amount of damage dealt to it, ceased to bleed and scabbed over.’
    • ‘Very often when this happens I'll come down with a heavy cold or something a few days later but sometimes it just can't be pinned on anything in particular.’
    • ‘Over the last few weeks, I haven't been sleeping well, and coupled with a heavy dose of cold, it's left me pretty drained.’
    • ‘Jimmy, who spent the weekend suffering with a heavy cold, decided to watch it indoors with his father.’
    • ‘Root River is located on a highway near a state park, which creates heavy summer traffic.’
    • ‘Those who do moderate to heavy amounts of exercise, have lower rates of cancer.’
    • ‘Barker said he had to drive slowly because of the heavy traffic and icy conditions.’
    • ‘It looks like the snooze has turned into a heavy sleep in the past couple of seasons.’
    • ‘Very quickly, it became obvious that this was a trap, and they'd been set up for a heavy amount of damage.’
    • ‘And the police are there, as I said, in heavy numbers for the amount of protesters here.’
    • ‘Both systems were very intense; both inflicted heavy damage on significant population centres.’
    • ‘He also claimed he had been fighting with a heavy cold.’
    • ‘Eyewitness Jan Stone believes the route is dangerous because of the amount of heavy traffic.’
    • ‘Symptoms are similar to those of a heavy cold or flu.’
    • ‘I see him riding a tricycle slowly through heavy traffic.’
    • ‘Most people confuse flu with a heavy cold, but flu is usually more severe.’
    intense, intensive, fierce, vigorous, concentrated, relentless, all-out, severe, serious, excessive, considerable, immoderate
    sizeable, substantial, hefty, colossal, big, considerable
    bountiful, plentiful, abundant, large, bumper, handsome, lavish, rich, copious, considerable, sizeable, profuse
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    1. 3.1Doing something to excess.
      ‘a heavy smoker’
      • ‘He and his wife Joanne, also a heavy smoker, went for an initial session with Richard at which he assessed how easy they would be to hypnotise.’
      • ‘There is a higher incidence of oral cancer in people who are heavy smokers and heavy drinkers.’
      • ‘The man had drunk up to two bottles of whisky a day and was a heavy smoker for the last 50 years of his life, the audience was told.’
      • ‘Screening is most cost effective when targeted at high risk groups for example, heavy drinkers and smokers.’
      • ‘My two uncles who were both heavy smokers died of a different illness two years after quitting the habit.’
      • ‘At what point do heavy smokers decide that the thing they are doing them is clearly causing them terrible harm and decide it might be time to stop?’
      • ‘I'm not a heavy smoker, but I think it's an infringement of my civil rights.’
      • ‘In fact, children of heavy smokers are often fervent anti-smokers.’
      • ‘We discussed smoking a bit, as both Rebecca and I had quit, but Ray was a heavy smoker.’
      • ‘People who are overweight, smokers and heavy drinkers have a higher risk of developing the condition.’
      • ‘Long-term heavy smokers remain at significant risk of getting lung cancer.’
      • ‘But it is risk which can be changed with a lifestyle change and as a former heavy smoker, I know the body can recover over time.’
      • ‘I suppose that priests, who have often been heavy smokers, will now be expected to set an example to their flock.’
      • ‘Himself a heavy smoker, Peter tries to stick to cigars because ‘you don't inhale so much’.’
      • ‘Higher levels of disposal income during the economic boom has seen an increase in the number of heavy smokers in Ireland.’
      • ‘As a one-time heavy smoker, I know what it will be like for you not being able to smoke when and where you want to.’
      • ‘The north west has the highest rate of heavy smokers - those smoking more than 20 a day - in England.’
      • ‘A heavy smoker, he had been suffering from lung cancer.’
      • ‘Being a heavy smoker, through the years I've gotten my procedure down to a smooth maneuver when driving.’
      • ‘And heavy smokers would be expected to pledge to give up cigarettes.’
      immoderate, intemperate, overindulgent, unrestrained, uncontrolled, excessive
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    2. 3.2Using a lot of.
      ‘stories heavy on melodrama’
      • ‘I tend to go a little heavy on the sauce, hence the extra straining.’
      • ‘There are moments of titillation and suspense, but ultimately the movie is heavy on concept, not content.’
      abounding in, abundant in, lavish with, generous with, liberal with, profuse with, extravagant with, free with, unstinting with, using a lot of
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  • 4Striking or falling with force.

    ‘a heavy blow to the head’
    ‘we had heavy overnight rain’
    • ‘The trio stretched their lead to nearly six minutes at the 90 km mark, but they were gradually reeled in as heavy rain began to fall in Brittany.’
    • ‘The weather here in Wales is awful today, gale force winds and heavy rain.’
    • ‘Within 5 minutes of these pictures being shot the sky was black and heavy rain was falling.’
    • ‘Even as heavy rain began to fall last night, few accepted offers for a ride from bus and truck drivers.’
    • ‘With heavy rain now falling, the game became bogged down in a midfield stalemate.’
    • ‘And obviously with the fairly heavy rain that had fallen it was very soft underfoot.’
    • ‘At this time, I noticed that the wind had picked up, but I thought it was to be expected considering the heavy rain that was falling.’
    • ‘Fishing was considered good even though heavy rain fell all through the day.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks after the monarch's announcement, heavy rain began to fall, thus ending the drought.’
    • ‘When heavy rain falls, the drainage system is unable to handle the water.’
    • ‘With around 15 minutes to go, they were up to third place but the weather took a final twist as heavy rain fell in the last 10 minutes of the race.’
    • ‘It is also predicted to be one of heavy showers and above average tropical storm activity.’
    • ‘The sound of a heavy fall on to the floor was followed by silence.’
    • ‘As yesterday's heavy fall off a ladder becomes old hat, an even heavier fall will be required to get a laugh in next week's episode.’
    • ‘The forecast for today is blustery showers and heavy falls likely with some longer spells of rain expected.’
    • ‘But they were kept guessing by the weather until the day itself, with heavy rain falling during the days in the run-up to the event.’
    • ‘The heavy rain that fell last weekend had cleared up by yesterday when crowds gathered to watch hundreds of teens of all shapes and sizes in action.’
    • ‘Much of Northern Taiwan breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as heavy rains fell around the country yesterday evening.’
    • ‘With number 13 on his back, the horse took a heavy fall after one of the hurdles and went crashing to the ground.’
    • ‘The freezing conditions on Saturday were tough for the two teams as heavy rain fell for spells making the surface very wet and slippy.’
    • ‘Blow after heavy blow fell upon him, his chest, his back and his wounded shoulder being the main targets.’
    forceful, hard, strong, violent, powerful, vigorous, mighty, hefty, tremendous, sharp, smart, severe, grievous
    torrential, relentless, copious, intense, teeming, excessive, strong, severe
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    1. 4.1(of music, especially rock) having a strong bass component and a forceful rhythm.
      • ‘For a band that has largely focused on a heavy type of music, the fact that they can put together good slower songs shows that they are maturing well.’
      • ‘In the end, what you hear is the heavy rock influenced guitar and hip-hop drum beats.’
      • ‘They played heavy techno and loud rock and every night was almost like a rave.’
      • ‘He had heavy rock music blaring as he sped down the road, knowing it was always deserted.’
      • ‘Since the Police pretty much always had a heavy reggae feel to their music, this fusion worked.’
      • ‘It is heavy, but it is like no other heavy music you have ever heard.’
      • ‘Like I said before, I've never really been into heavy music, but this gets my full endorsement.’
      • ‘Finishing with an acoustic track would seem an inept way of completing a quintessentially heavy rock album but it works.’
      • ‘The ongoing success of heavy rock music is safe in their hands.’
      • ‘This is the raw sound of heavy rock with emphasis on high-energy shows and short, concise songs.’
      • ‘I had a sudden urge to listen to my heavy rock music and went to drag my backpack out of the closet where I had deposited it.’
      • ‘I like most music as long as it's not classical or heavy rock.’
      • ‘One moment it's an acoustic ballad, next it's a heavy rock song, next it's something you just can't put your finger on.’
      • ‘The heavy bass of the music, combined with the shrieking laughs of drunk girls reminds me of why I like to avoid parties.’
      • ‘It climaxes with a heavy rock beat as the band constructs a self-portrait of being on various journeys, only to return home.’
      • ‘The sidechain filter is great for mixes where heavy kick drum and bass can cause excessive pumping.’
      • ‘In a second, the whole apartment was flooded outrageously with heavy rock music.’
      • ‘She knew that her brother would want to play the CD through several times more and she had never been much of a fan of heavy rock music.’
      • ‘Wet Paint, whose influences range from heavy rock to the Beatles, have been playing original music for just over two years.’
      • ‘He loved music, particularly heavy rock and was a keen motorcyclist.’
      • ‘Just then a loud crackling came over the speakers followed by the loud beating of a drum as the heavy rock music slowly filtered out into the car.’
  • 5Needing much physical effort.

    ‘long hours and heavy work’
    • ‘At the small grocery on the corner, a stocky man with bristly white hair who looks nearly sixty does the heavy work and drives a van.’
    • ‘Dempsey said an extra international match would increase the already heavy physical demands placed on players.’
    • ‘Chronic fatigue may be the result of heavy physical work, which might be experienced by women in such circumstances.’
    • ‘Long hours in jobs involving heavy physical labour are less harmful though only to a point.’
    • ‘Ergonomic improvements have eliminated heavy physical labor from the factory floor.’
    • ‘Most of them were or had been heavy smokers, had attained a relatively low level of education, and had been employed in heavy physical work.’
    • ‘He does the heavy work, while Sarah does the interior design.’
    • ‘In many parts of the New World, harvest can be a time of heavy physical work for moderately low pay under trying conditions.’
    • ‘The work is too heavy for me but I gave moral support, in particular chatting to the invalid while the labour was in progress.’
    • ‘Searching through 38 articles in five volumes is heavy physical work.’
    • ‘Sometimes summer comes early in August and we find ourselves wishing we'd done more heavy work in June and July.’
    • ‘Boiling up shirts and sheets, ironing, polishing floors and furniture, blacking grates and shining silver used to be heavy work.’
    • ‘I cannot state that this gentleman is physically capable of doing heavy physical labour.’
    • ‘That means half a kilo per day will keep a man doing heavy physical work.’
    • ‘Women and men do heavy physical labor; however, domestic work is an exclusively female domain.’
    • ‘Her husband, Terry, 50, may lend a hand with heavy work but Sharon wears the overalls.’
    • ‘I can do the heavy work for you as well - I'm a keen gardener myself and I'll enjoy the work.’
    • ‘She had no money for the dowry that convents demanded, but she offered herself as a lay sister - that is, one of the nuns who performs all the heavy work of the house.’
    • ‘Once the heavy work was done, the path went down easily.’
    • ‘Men perform heavy physical tasks, while women work as clerks and teachers and in health care.’
    arduous, hard, physical, laborious, demanding, difficult, exacting, strenuous, tough, onerous, back-breaking, tiring, fatiguing, exhausting, wearying, gruelling
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    1. 5.1Mentally oppressive; hard to endure.
      ‘a heavy burden of responsibility’
      • ‘Acquiring and maintaining self-care skills place a particularly heavy burden on African Americans.’
      • ‘Perhaps indicative of the heavy burden of responsibility it carried, the film had a troubled production.’
      • ‘Piloting an aeroplane is a recreational activity that carries with it a heavy burden of responsibility.’
      • ‘It is unfair for the local people to bear exclusively the heavy burden of responsibility and cost.’
      • ‘Recognition of this places heavy burdens and responsibilities on the Australian who holds the office.’
      onerous, burdensome, demanding, challenging, difficult, formidable, weighty, worrisome, wearisome, stressful, trying, crushing, exacting, oppressive
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    2. 5.2Important or serious.
      ‘a heavy discussion’
      • ‘It's best to adopt a light attitude especially in serious, heavy matters and remain in touch with your sense of humour.’
      • ‘They do believe in religion, but in practice it becomes too serious and heavy.’
      • ‘I think his diction determines an approach to things which is serious and heavy and committed.’
      • ‘There are no deep theories here about world events, or heavy discussion of causes and solutions.’
      • ‘We chatted about routine things, never heavy nor serious and her weight was stable.’
      • ‘Avoid being heavy and serious as a playful attitude allows you to feel unburdened and free.’
      • ‘Be light and playful or everyone around you gets heavy, serious and stuck.’
      • ‘I don't think you have to be in these serious, heavy, independent little movies to be an actor.’
    3. 5.3(of a literary work) hard to read or understand because overly serious or difficult.
      • ‘This book is a heavy work that attempts to carry the weight of the world upon its existential shoulders.’
      • ‘The actress/director known for heavy works with a concentration on dense language, has had two projects this month marked by a lightness of approach and a delight in humorous details.’
      tedious, difficult, dull, dry, serious, over-serious, heavy-going, dreary, boring, turgid, uninteresting, wearisome, dry as dust
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    4. 5.4Feeling or expressing grief.
      ‘I left him with a heavy heart’
      • ‘He laments on this with heavy heart because his brother had died in the mean time and he is yet to meet his granddaughter.’
      • ‘She concluded chapter 4, her vision going fuzzy and a heavy ache in her heart; homesickness.’
      • ‘Instead, there was sadness and a heavy heart about the decision that lies ahead of him.’
      sad, sorrowful, melancholy, gloomy, downcast, downhearted, heartbroken, disheartened, dejected, disconsolate, demoralized, discouraged, despondent, depressed, crestfallen, crushed, disappointed, desolate, grief-stricken, grieving
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    5. 5.5informal (of a situation) serious and hard to deal with.
      ‘things were getting pretty heavy’
      • ‘Everything was getting pretty heavy with the play as well as all the regular school stuff.’
    6. 5.6informal (of a person) strict or harsh.
      ‘the police were really getting heavy’


  • 1A thing, such as a vehicle, that is large or heavy of its kind.

    • ‘Meanwhile, he is leading the charge at airport to beef up the runway and expand support facilities to accommodate heavies such as the C-5 Galaxy.’
    1. 1.1informal A large, strong man, especially one hired for protection.
      ‘I needed money to pay off the heavies’
      • ‘From the casino floor, you go through a door in the corner of the casino, guarded by a heavy.’
      • ‘Griffin didn't want the conversation and one of his heavies stepped in.’
      • ‘After administering a thrilling scare, the heavies let them go.’
      • ‘In a bar, they get into a brawl with a group of Air Force heavies and handily defeat them.’
      • ‘By ‘real’ stress I mean when the bank heavies are actually knocking on your door and it's pay up time on the arrears on the house payments.’
      • ‘The next time I see her I fully expect to be held at arms length by a series of heavies and faceless people who will deny me access to this divinity.’
      • ‘Before he knows it, he's the target of a number of heavies.’
      • ‘I have endured attacks from farmers and heavies to get us to move on.’
      • ‘They hire heavies to drive minibuses and intimidate our picket lines.’
      • ‘Methods employed by security forces and government heavies included the use of tear gas, threats, beatings, confiscation of ID cards, police cordons and random gunfire.’
      • ‘The heavies who are behind this recent upsurge of robberies and violence need to be stopped before the worst happens.’
      • ‘In terms of complying with the legislation in respect of recovery of payments, their way will be a brick through the window, or sending the heavies around to deal with a debtor.’
      • ‘All three are tough and run most of the heavies in the school.’
      minder, guard, protector, guardian, defender, keeper, escort, companion, chaperone
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    2. 1.2An important person.
      ‘music business heavies’
      • ‘Our list includes interesting cases with big names involving celebrities, political heavies and anyone else of notoriety.’
      • ‘Rock music heavies promise to tilt earth on its axis over African poverty.’
      • ‘The assembled opposition members, journalists and tourism industry heavies were slack-jawed.’
      • ‘It is unfair is when a team struggling for survival faces a foe loaded with contracted players, and the following week another club, also facing relegation, finds them stripped of the heavies and manages a win.’
      • ‘If the Indonesian judiciary really can be influenced by political heavies, this is one occasion when I hope such influence is exerted.’
      • ‘Held at the end of January or beginning of February each year, Davos is where corporate chieftains and political heavies discuss making the world better while slaloming the Alps.’
      • ‘While the corporate heavies were doing the deals in the smoke filled back rooms they kept the airline flying with a warmth and efficiency it was a privilege to be on the end of.’
      • ‘At last you have managed to sneak away from your ministry of information heavies and wander the streets alone.’
      famous person, vip, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, giant, great, master, guru
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    3. 1.3British informal Serious newspapers.
      ‘reporters from the Sunday heavies’
  • 2Scottish Strong beer, especially bitter.

    ‘a pint of heavy’
    • ‘There is a lot of laughter, no doubt fueled by the heavy in the beer tent.’
    • ‘Lager and heavy may have replaced whiskey, folk ate chips instead of tacos, but country music is all about feeling and the sentiment was real.’


  • Heavily.

    ‘his words hung heavy in the air’
    [in combination] ‘heavy-laden’
    • ‘From there I started to get pretty heavy into suspension analysis for bikes.’
    • ‘They climbed quick and sure, breathing heavy in the thinning air.’
    • ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
    • ‘Both were breathing pretty heavy, and not to mention, a couple of people were staring from different tables.’
    • ‘The feeling weighed heavy on his shoulders and in his mind as he finished combing his hair.’


  • heavy going

    • Difficult or boring to deal with.

      ‘she found Hilary heavy going’
      • ‘It was relatively heavy going in the muddy conditions and was surprisingly an enjoyable game for the home side supporters despite the frustration of watching a tentative home side that has not played as a team for some time.’
      • ‘The course was very wet and muddy, making it heavy going.’
      • ‘We spent that night huddled in tents beneath the top of the pass, and by the next afternoon, despite the heavy going, we were nearing the top.’
      • ‘Her open-wound honesty has made some of her albums heavy going, but here she applies her trademark whispered vocals to her most accessible collection in a decade.’
      • ‘There are many books I start, then stick on for whatever reason; not in the mood, they're too heavy going, too light, I'm not old enough yet, too old.’
      • ‘Changing from two to four-wheel drive can be done on the move, and you can then flick into low-ratio mode for the really heavy going.’
      • ‘It was quite heavy going because of the heat and there were night duties.’
      • ‘While it was heavy going underfoot, both teams worked hard and provided some entertaining football.’
      • ‘Being an avid bookaholic I often take something quite heavy going to last me the duration, unless we are travelling by car and then I usually manage to sneak a carrier bag of books in!’
      • ‘As most of the books are heavy going and may not tempt us to read them voluntarily, the writer deserves our thanks for arousing our interest in knowing more about them.’
      • ‘Connoisseurs of traditional Hungarian cuisine delight in its range of piquant flavours and aromas, and dishes which are spicy and often rather heavy going.’
      • ‘It's heavy going but it's a wonderful narrative history of the role of both Islam and the army in the Pakistani nation-building exercise from the 1940s to the present day.’
      • ‘Then again, that kind of thing is a little bit heavy going for when you're stuck in an airport.’
      • ‘It might be a bit heavy going, as it's written for an academic readership (so I've no doubt it will appear jargon-laden to some), and it's fairly long.’
      • ‘It has been mentioned that public bodies find it heavy going to dig out old records.’
      • ‘Its myriad of metaphors, however, makes it heavy going and I found it tiresome in the extreme - and shocking in part.’
      • ‘The downside is that some of this stuff can be heavy going.’
      • ‘We always finish the uphill run with 10 or so sprints in the baking sun - that's heavy going, I can tell you.’
      • ‘The book is densely written, and the style can be heavy going but it will be an essential source-book for social historians.’
      • ‘Light entertainment can be surprisingly heavy going.’
      tedious, difficult, dull, dry, serious, over-serious, heavy-going, dreary, boring, turgid, uninteresting, wearisome, dry as dust
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  • make heavy weather of

    • informal Have unnecessary difficulty in dealing with (a task or problem)

      • ‘We made heavy weather of our 31-11 win in London but Gary was world class.’
      • ‘Stranraer made heavy weather of beating Dumbarton 2-0 at Stair Park.’
      • ‘But Councillor Steve Galloway said: ‘I think we are making heavy weather of it all.’’
      • ‘For a serious woman who can make heavy weather of life, she has a very sunny side.’
      • ‘The company is making heavy weather of reducing its debt mountain.’
      • ‘Upbeat Scotland coach Ian McGeechan and skipper Budge Pountney last night denied that their side had made heavy weather of beating the Samoans in the Murrayfield rain.’
      • ‘But they made heavy weather of beating Uganda in their first clash inside the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala last October.’
      • ‘Cork, of whom great things were expected early in the year, have struggled throughout the series and again made heavy weather of beating Wexford in the qualifier.’
      • ‘Almost week by week the evidence grows of a strengthening and sustainable recovery in the US while the continental economies continue to make heavy weather of a global pick-up.’
      • ‘While Australians as individuals are richly talented, we do seem to make heavy weather of reforming outdated institutions, perhaps for the very reason that they have been historically successful.’


Old English hefig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hevig, also to heave.