Definition of heavy in US English:

heavy

adjective

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

    ‘the pan was too heavy for me to carry’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It turned out that they were just locals making a buck or two by lifting the heavy loads.’
    • ‘I smiled, shook my head, and lifted the heavy mechanism with only some difficulty.’
    • ‘For example, if some of your employees must lift or move heavy objects, make sure they have the proper equipment to do so.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Although they look like bags of flour, they are heavy and difficult to lift.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Instead, we helped him feed his cat, get his mail, and move furniture deemed too heavy to lift by his doctor.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Villagers, forbidden to wear shoes, were required to carry heavy loads over difficult terrain.’
    • ‘She has her groceries packed with a small quantity in each bag as she cannot lift heavy loads.’
    • ‘‘I motivated myself to lift heavy objects because I wanted to do the garden,’ said Joe.’
    • ‘I've tried lifting heavy things, drinking gallons of water.’
    • ‘Yesterday, cranes lifted heavy chunks of concrete, metal beams and giant buckets of broken building materials.’
    • ‘Many back injuries occur because we lift or move heavy objects without adequate stabilizing strength.’
    • ‘It certainly proves that Bob can fix an engine or lift heavy loads.’
    • ‘She was physically weaker and unable to lift or move anything heavy.’
    • ‘Hoists are fitted into tracks in the ceiling, so students can practice lifting and moving heavy patients who are unable to move themselves.’
    weighty, hefty, big, large, substantial, massive, ponderous
    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
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    1. 1.1 Used 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. 1.2attributive (of a class of thing) above the average weight; large of its kind.
      ‘heavy artillery’
      • ‘On paper, Italy have enough heavy artillery to do something similar on Saturday evening.’
      • ‘There was an engineering professor who came in to find his class talking about heavy boots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is not a strong action and should not be subjected to loads that are anywhere near the heavy class.’
      • ‘Emergency services brought out the heavy artillery yesterday afternoon in an effort to free a man from his crushed vehicle.’
      • ‘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'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.’
      • ‘But from ahead the sounds of heavy artillery fire suggested that sterner opposition was to come.’
      • ‘Every fourth pair will carry the heavy grade weapons.’
      • ‘One of the terms used in estimating the clearance time of the heavy vehicle is its average acceleration in starting gear.’
      • ‘The tax for heavy vehicles above 12 tonnes will be calculated in a new manner, which will reduce it slightly.’
      • ‘With this kind of heavy artillery, it's surprising these guys didn't win long ago.’
      • ‘The spiritual battle needs the heavy artillery of fasting and prayer.’
      • ‘At the championship the Bulgarian team will defend its titles in the heavy categories, which are scheduled for the end of the week.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, research shows that heavy artillery has far from exhausted its unique potential yet.’
    3. 1.3predicative Weighed down; full of something.
      ‘branches heavy with blossoms’
      • ‘The fragrance is intense and long stems are heavy with deep-orange pollen that stains if brushed against.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The proceedings however, are heavy with the hand of the local government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His voice is heavy with sarcasm, and it strikes me like a punch, hard and fast.’
      • ‘He stood, suddenly heavy with guilt and a kind of sorrow he could not express.’
      • ‘Today, more than 25 years later and with his sensational trial underway, it is heavy with irony.’
      • ‘I read with the greatest appreciation those contributions that were not heavy with academic jargon.’
      • ‘The Big Country has tremendous scale and scenic power, but every tableau is heavy with purpose both leading up and going away.’
      • ‘His pitches are heavy with movement, and his assortment makes deception fairly easy.’
      • ‘A long silence weighs heavy with the major decisions he has made in his life.’
      • ‘But now the lineup is heavy with rookies, and the coaches don't like to use young players.’
      • ‘The book was based very largely on his own family history; it was heavy with symbolism; and it was long.’
      • ‘Her voice was heavy with sarcasm, and annoyance flashed briefly in her eyes.’
      • ‘Although the costumes were heavy with ornaments, the performers pulled off the choreographed show with style and grace.’
      • ‘Apparently it's really good, heavy with a caramel taste, and has a heavy body to it!’
      • ‘The room was heavy with smoke, for in the center burned a groggy fire.’
      • ‘The atmosphere was heavy with the aroma of beer and hotdogs.’
      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’
      • ‘Of course, I argued it far better in the magazine, but it's gone midnight now and my eyes are heavy.’
      • ‘The next morning brings heavy heads and bleary eyes, and a need for some fresh air.’
      • ‘After hours of sitting at a desk, the head is heavy and eyes are tired.’
      • ‘Then, when they're awake they stagger around all dopey with heavy eyes.’
      • ‘Often hearts are dull, however, ears are tired of listening, and eyes are heavy or closed.’
      • ‘His gaunt face seemed dead as his heavy eyes watched the younger man, hands casually in his pockets.’
      • ‘Her heavy head rested on her arm, and her face wore a blank expression.’
      • ‘Charlie shook his heavy head of blonde hair and grinned, picking up his things as we followed the crowd towards the door.’
      • ‘His hair was tousled, his eyes were heavy and he smiled at her sleepily.’
      • ‘And you just want to lay your incredibly heavy head on your pillow and sleep sleep sleep the pain away?’
      • ‘With careful planning, you may still wake up with a heavy head, but your wallet shouldn't be too much lighter.’
      • ‘She looked at his heavy eyes, fearing that a tear might squeeze out of them.’
      • ‘I have a horrible dry throat and my eyes are heavy and tired.’
      • ‘Her eyes were too heavy to open and all that reached her ears were voices that she didn't understand.’
      • ‘His eyes were heavy and cute, a permanent smile plastered on his lips.’
      • ‘A heavy head from the previous night's celebrations only added to their pain.’
      • ‘She closed her heavy eyes and the rocking of the boat quickly lulled her into a troubled sleep.’
      • ‘My head is heavy, my big toe is itching and my stomach feels all nostalgic.’
      • ‘Closing my heavy eyes again I feel myself falling into a swirling mist that refuses to settle.’
      • ‘With effort, she raised herself into a sitting position and realized that her head was uncannily heavy.’
  • 2Of great density; thick or substantial.

    ‘heavy gray clouds’
    ‘a heavy blanket’
    • ‘They drew aside a thick and heavy curtain that led to another layer of thin curtains.’
    • ‘It was thick and heavy and I could only guess it was a blanket or something like it.’
    • ‘A little bit of blue could be seen between the heavy gray clouds, which were indeed on their way south.’
    • ‘They could see an immense mountain that stretched up into heavy thick clouds.’
    • ‘I am also wearing very thick, heavy socks, and my feet are STILL cold.’
    • ‘The mist around them turned to a thick heavy fog, laden with mystery, and death.’
    • ‘It dominated the center of a room littered with thick, heavy black ropes and copper vines.’
    • ‘A late-autumn storm shoved heavy gray clouds across the sky and into the distance.’
    • ‘The creaking of the heavy canvas above her as the crew began to set sail brought her back to the present with a jump.’
    • ‘Aching from head to toe, Clara pulled the thick, heavy robe around her waist and cinched the belt tighter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before touching the cat, cover her head with a thick blanket or heavy towel to protect yourself from being bitten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The thick heavy grey smoke lingered among the branches and prevented the flowers and buds from being burned by frost.’
    • ‘The entire fish is covered with a heavy layer of thick mucus which is thought to provide protection from infection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neither man struggled when their arms were bound with a thick heavy rope.’
    • ‘Pat screamed as she thrust a bucket of thick, heavy black paint at the wall and it splattered everywhere.’
    • ‘He sauntered along, still wearing his heavy coat and woolen hat which was never, ever removed.’
    • ‘We were sitting in my room for our third tutoring session, and the clouds outside were heavy and grey.’
    dense, thick, opaque, soupy, murky, smoggy, impenetrable
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    1. 2.1 Not delicate or graceful; coarse.
      ‘he had a big mustache and heavy 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His skin was scarred and rough; the heavy brows were turned in a stubborn frown even in sleep.’
      coarse, rough, rough-hewn, ungraceful, unrefined, inelegant
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    2. 2.2 (of food or a meal) hard to digest; too filling.
      • ‘All too often, bread pudding is too heavy and solid, but I could have gone for another slice of this stuff.’
      • ‘They both cook the usual northern dishes, particularly the heavy meat and vegetable stews suited to their cold winters.’
      • ‘The doctor said that I won't be able to eat a lot of heavy foods - something like that.’
      • ‘Melons should not be eaten with heavy foods like cheese, deep-fried foods or the heavier grains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two men will eat the same heavy soup at the beginning and end of each day.’
      • ‘You may wish to avoid heavy foods before sleeping and you may also want to try a simplified diet for a week.’
      • ‘This may have been a rather heavy dish, but it suited me down to the ground.’
      • ‘I cooked more healthfully by omitting heavy sauces and oil, using nonfat cooking spray instead.’
      • ‘A heavy bread made from barley flour was common, but there is evidence that at least some people had wheaten bread available to them.’
      • ‘The best bit is none of these desserts is too heavy, but they'll round off a meal in style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm drawn instinctively to heavy food and I love red food because it's the colour of my rage.’
      • ‘The waitress recommended the banana cake, but it sounded a little too heavy after such a filling meal.’
      substantial, filling, hearty, large, big, ample, sizeable, generous, square, solid
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    3. 2.3 (of ground or soil) hard to travel over or work with because muddy or full of clay.
      • ‘Use bonfire ash as a conditioner for heavy soil; it adds potash to help fruit and flowers.’
      • ‘If your soil is very heavy clay and drains poorly, you might want to build a raised bed.’
      • ‘Weather patterns are changing and we have more downpours today; if your soil is heavy, the water does not drain away.’
      • ‘However, even heavy soils and subsoils can drain adequately if they have good crumb structure.’
      • ‘This is a heavy soil and is sticky when wet making it hard to work with.’
      • ‘Mix grit in with heavy soil and sit the bulbs on a layer of grit to stop them rotting.’
      • ‘They provide the slow, gentle soaking that slopes, heavy clay soils, and seed beds need.’
      • ‘A few buckets of well-rotted garden compost or mushroom compost can also be added, which will help to lighten heavy soil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Additionally, I garden on quite heavy soil with a good population of slugs and snails.’
      • ‘Very sandy or heavy clay soils benefit from the addition of organic material.’
      • ‘Just turn heavy soil over and let the winter break it down.’
      • ‘The roots tend to stay in a compact ball and are too fine to get through heavy clay soils.’
      • ‘The heavy clay garden soil that you regularly curse over is fine for aquatic plants.’
      • ‘One Ethiopian study showed that heavy clay soils which could not be worked with wooden ploughs became fertile when steel was used.’
      • ‘Their familiar homeland of Norway has heavy clay soils ground up by glaciers.’
      • ‘In areas with heavy clay soil, add a layer of lightly structured topsoil.’
      • ‘The soil should be well-drained, so add sufficient sand to heavy clay soils.’
      • ‘Whether the soil is heavy clay or sandy and very free draining, it can be greatly improved by the addition of bulky organic matter.’
      • ‘The Irish spade also performs beautifully in tight spaces or in heavy clay or rocky soils.’
      clayey, clay, viscous, viscid, muddy, sticky, glutinous, gluey, difficult, wet
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    4. 2.4 (of a smell) very strong; overpowering.
      ‘a heavy scent of oil’
      • ‘By now I had gotten used to the heavy scent of roses.’
      • ‘He growled deep in his throat, and finally they turned to leave back into the hall's heavy kitchen smells.’
      • ‘As we began our walk down the iron bridge road, the scent of honeysuckle was heavy and sweet in the cool morning air.’
      • ‘Her mind was still hazy and the heavy scent of the colorless liquid wasn't helping her head much.’
      • ‘Crushing it with her fingers, a heavy sweet scent started to surround her.’
      • ‘I stood back again, this time over the heavy scent of alcohol streaming from Jason's mouth.’
      • ‘With specks of gravy on his tie and the heavy smell of garlic, his dinner is a dead giveaway.’
      • ‘The city loomed before her, the heavy smells of smog and people and life moving all around her.’
      • ‘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 was suddenly aware of how noisy and rowdy the party was, and I noted the heavy smell of alcohol in the air.’
      • ‘The heavy smell of liquor hung in the air, assaulting my sensitive nose, and making my eyes water.’
      • ‘He had matches and there was oil, a heavy, sick smell.’
      • ‘River otters have paired scent glands at the base of their tail which give off a heavy, musky smell.’
      • ‘Plus, don't assume that a heavy chemical smell means the pool is clean.’
      • ‘Soon, she was very near to Dave, and he could smell a heavy perfume from her.’
      • ‘My dry cleaner was able to get the heavy smoke smell out… but the discoloration of the fabric remains.’
      • ‘I awoke very suddenly to the heavy, heady smell of smoke, and it immediately felt as if my lungs were being stabbed.’
      • ‘The heavy smell of perfume and sweat in the locker room hit me as I went through the two doors.’
      • ‘Within the heavy smell of must there was the slightest fragrance of perfume.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 2.5 (of the sky) full of dark clouds; oppressive.
      ‘a heavy thundery sky’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It felt as if I could run forever and nothing mattered except the heavy sky above me.’
      • ‘Then I took myself out to the garden and cut grass under increasingly heavy skies.’
      • ‘A heavy overcast sky presses down relentlessly as the passing traffic swallows up the remaining air.’
      • ‘I sat beside the downstairs window late in the evening, staring out at the heavy sky.’
      • ‘It was tipping it down now and the sky was dark and heavy.’
      • ‘Under heavy skies, the marchers walked the three-mile route.’
    6. 2.6Physics Of or containing atoms of an isotope of greater than the usual mass.
      See also heavy water
      • ‘The nuclei of heavy isotopes are rich in neutrons, which dominate their nuclear surface.’
      • ‘Why are there usually more neutrons than protons in a heavy element?’
      • ‘Chemical bonds between hydrogen and heavy atoms were constrained to their equilibrium value.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, you build an atom smasher and physically knock helium nuclei from some heavy atoms.’
  • 3Of more than the usual size, amount, or force.

    ‘rush hour traffic was heavy and I was delayed’
    • ‘Most people confuse flu with a heavy cold, but flu is usually more severe.’
    • ‘Very quickly, it became obvious that this was a trap, and they'd been set up for a heavy amount of damage.’
    • ‘He did not normally drink because he suffered from ulcers, but at the time had a heavy cold.’
    • ‘He also claimed he had been fighting with a heavy cold.’
    • ‘However, that cut, despite the heavy amount of damage dealt to it, ceased to bleed and scabbed over.’
    • ‘I see him riding a tricycle slowly through heavy traffic.’
    • ‘They say the town already suffers from heavy amounts of traffic and that the additional houses will only add to it.’
    • ‘Jimmy, who spent the weekend suffering with a heavy cold, decided to watch it indoors with his father.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the police are there, as I said, in heavy numbers for the amount of protesters here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It looks like the snooze has turned into a heavy sleep in the past couple of seasons.’
    • ‘Both systems were very intense; both inflicted heavy damage on significant population centres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Root River is located on a highway near a state park, which creates heavy summer traffic.’
    • ‘Barker said he had to drive slowly because of the heavy traffic and icy conditions.’
    • ‘Eyewitness Jan Stone believes the route is dangerous because of the amount of heavy traffic.’
    • ‘I bumbled through the weekend dopily and fell into a heavy sleep last night - my bed too comfortable, hot water bottle too comforting.’
    • ‘Those who do moderate to heavy amounts of exercise, have lower rates of cancer.’
    • ‘Troubled by the heavy cold and a lot of work for the previous several days, I was actually feeling quite low.’
    • ‘I dozed fitfully and uncomfortably at first and then fell into a deep, heavy sleep.’
    • ‘The guard wore a heavy amount of armor that made him seem massive in size.’
    • ‘Symptoms are similar to those of a heavy cold or flu.’
    sizeable, substantial, hefty, colossal, big, considerable
    intense, intensive, fierce, vigorous, concentrated, relentless, all-out, severe, serious, excessive, considerable, immoderate
    bountiful, plentiful, abundant, large, bumper, handsome, lavish, rich, copious, considerable, sizeable, profuse
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    1. 3.1heavy on Using 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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    2. 3.2 Doing something to excess.
      ‘a heavy smoker’
      • ‘Himself a heavy smoker, Peter tries to stick to cigars because ‘you don't inhale so much’.’
      • ‘In fact, children of heavy smokers are often fervent anti-smokers.’
      • ‘My two uncles who were both heavy smokers died of a different illness two years after quitting the habit.’
      • ‘Higher levels of disposal income during the economic boom has seen an increase in the number of heavy smokers in Ireland.’
      • ‘And heavy smokers would be expected to pledge to give up cigarettes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People who are overweight, smokers and heavy drinkers have a higher risk of developing the condition.’
      • ‘We discussed smoking a bit, as both Rebecca and I had quit, but Ray was a heavy smoker.’
      • ‘There is a higher incidence of oral cancer in people who are heavy smokers and heavy drinkers.’
      • ‘The north west has the highest rate of heavy smokers - those smoking more than 20 a day - in England.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Long-term heavy smokers remain at significant risk of getting lung cancer.’
      • ‘Screening is most cost effective when targeted at high risk groups for example, heavy drinkers and smokers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm not a heavy smoker, but I think it's an infringement of my civil rights.’
      • ‘I suppose that priests, who have often been heavy smokers, will now be expected to set an example to their flock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      immoderate, intemperate, overindulgent, unrestrained, uncontrolled, excessive
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  • 4Striking or falling with force.

    ‘a heavy blow to the head’
    ‘we had heavy overnight rain’
    • ‘The forecast for today is blustery showers and heavy falls likely with some longer spells of rain expected.’
    • ‘And obviously with the fairly heavy rain that had fallen it was very soft underfoot.’
    • ‘With number 13 on his back, the horse took a heavy fall after one of the hurdles and went crashing to the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within 5 minutes of these pictures being shot the sky was black and heavy rain was falling.’
    • ‘Fishing was considered good even though heavy rain fell all through the day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With heavy rain now falling, the game became bogged down in a midfield stalemate.’
    • ‘Much of Northern Taiwan breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as heavy rains fell around the country yesterday evening.’
    • ‘The weather here in Wales is awful today, gale force winds and heavy 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even as heavy rain began to fall last night, few accepted offers for a ride from bus and truck drivers.’
    • ‘When heavy rain falls, the drainage system is unable to handle the water.’
    • ‘The sound of a heavy fall on to the floor was followed by silence.’
    • ‘It is also predicted to be one of heavy showers and above average tropical storm activity.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks after the monarch's announcement, heavy rain began to fall, thus ending the drought.’
    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.
      • ‘Finishing with an acoustic track would seem an inept way of completing a quintessentially heavy rock album but it works.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The heavy bass of the music, combined with the shrieking laughs of drunk girls reminds me of why I like to avoid parties.’
      • ‘They played heavy techno and loud rock and every night was almost like a rave.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I like most music as long as it's not classical or heavy rock.’
      • ‘In a second, the whole apartment was flooded outrageously with heavy rock music.’
      • ‘Like I said before, I've never really been into heavy music, but this gets my full endorsement.’
      • ‘Since the Police pretty much always had a heavy reggae feel to their music, this fusion worked.’
      • ‘The sidechain filter is great for mixes where heavy kick drum and bass can cause excessive pumping.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It climaxes with a heavy rock beat as the band constructs a self-portrait of being on various journeys, only to return home.’
      • ‘In the end, what you hear is the heavy rock influenced guitar and hip-hop drum beats.’
      • ‘Wet Paint, whose influences range from heavy rock to the Beatles, have been playing original music for just over two years.’
      • ‘This is the raw sound of heavy rock with emphasis on high-energy shows and short, concise songs.’
      • ‘He loved music, particularly heavy rock and was a keen motorcyclist.’
      • ‘The ongoing success of heavy rock music is safe in their hands.’
      • ‘It is heavy, but it is like no other heavy music you have ever heard.’
      • ‘He had heavy rock music blaring as he sped down the road, knowing it was always deserted.’
  • 5Needing much physical effort.

    ‘long hours and heavy work’
    • ‘The work is too heavy for me but I gave moral support, in particular chatting to the invalid while the labour was in progress.’
    • ‘Sometimes summer comes early in August and we find ourselves wishing we'd done more heavy work in June and July.’
    • ‘That means half a kilo per day will keep a man doing heavy physical work.’
    • ‘Dempsey said an extra international match would increase the already heavy physical demands placed on players.’
    • ‘Ergonomic improvements have eliminated heavy physical labor from the factory floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Boiling up shirts and sheets, ironing, polishing floors and furniture, blacking grates and shining silver used to be heavy work.’
    • ‘Searching through 38 articles in five volumes is heavy physical 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.’
    • ‘In many parts of the New World, harvest can be a time of heavy physical work for moderately low pay under trying conditions.’
    • ‘Long hours in jobs involving heavy physical labour are less harmful though only to a point.’
    • ‘Once the heavy work was done, the path went down easily.’
    • ‘Her husband, Terry, 50, may lend a hand with heavy work but Sharon wears the overalls.’
    • ‘He does the heavy work, while Sarah does the interior design.’
    • ‘I cannot state that this gentleman is physically capable of doing heavy physical labour.’
    • ‘I can do the heavy work for you as well - I'm a keen gardener myself and I'll enjoy the work.’
    • ‘Chronic fatigue may be the result of heavy physical work, which might be experienced by women in such circumstances.’
    • ‘Women and men do heavy physical labor; however, domestic work is an exclusively female domain.’
    • ‘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. 5.1 Moving 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.’
  • 6Very important or serious.

    ‘a heavy discussion’
    • ‘We chatted about routine things, never heavy nor serious and her weight was stable.’
    • ‘They do believe in religion, but in practice it becomes too serious and heavy.’
    • ‘Avoid being heavy and serious as a playful attitude allows you to feel unburdened and free.’
    • ‘There are no deep theories here about world events, or heavy discussion of causes and solutions.’
    • ‘I think his diction determines an approach to things which is serious and heavy and committed.’
    • ‘Be light and playful or everyone around you gets heavy, serious and stuck.’
    • ‘It's best to adopt a light attitude especially in serious, heavy matters and remain in touch with your sense of humour.’
    • ‘I don't think you have to be in these serious, heavy, independent little movies to be an actor.’
    1. 6.1 (of a literary work) hard to read or understand because overly serious or difficult.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This book is a heavy work that attempts to carry the weight of the world upon its existential shoulders.’
      tedious, difficult, dull, dry, serious, over-serious, heavy-going, dreary, boring, turgid, uninteresting, wearisome, dry as dust
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    2. 6.2 Mentally oppressive; hard to endure.
      ‘a heavy burden of responsibility’
      • ‘Acquiring and maintaining self-care skills place a particularly heavy burden on African Americans.’
      • ‘It is unfair for the local people to bear exclusively the heavy burden of responsibility and cost.’
      • ‘Piloting an aeroplane is a recreational activity that carries with it a heavy burden of responsibility.’
      • ‘Recognition of this places heavy burdens and responsibilities on the Australian who holds the office.’
      • ‘Perhaps indicative of the heavy burden of responsibility it carried, the film had a troubled production.’
      onerous, burdensome, demanding, challenging, difficult, formidable, weighty, worrisome, wearisome, stressful, trying, crushing, exacting, oppressive
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    3. 6.3 Feeling or expressing sadness.
      ‘I left him with a heavy heart’
      • ‘Instead, there was sadness and a heavy heart about the decision that lies ahead of him.’
      • ‘She concluded chapter 4, her vision going fuzzy and a heavy ache in her heart; homesickness.’
      • ‘He laments on this with heavy heart because his brother had died in the mean time and he is yet to meet his granddaughter.’
      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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    4. 6.4informal (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.’
    5. 6.5informal (of a person) strict or harsh.
      ‘my parents were getting really heavy with me in terms of work’

noun

  • 1informal A 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. 1.1 A large, strong man, especially one hired for protection.
      ‘I needed money to pay off the heavies’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They hire heavies to drive minibuses and intimidate our picket lines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have endured attacks from farmers and heavies to get us to move on.’
      • ‘Before he knows it, he's the target of a number of heavies.’
      • ‘From the casino floor, you go through a door in the corner of the casino, guarded by a heavy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Griffin didn't want the conversation and one of his heavies stepped in.’
      • ‘All three are tough and run most of the heavies in the school.’
      • ‘The heavies who are behind this recent upsurge of robberies and violence need to be stopped before the worst happens.’
      • ‘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.’
      minder, guard, protector, guardian, defender, keeper, escort, companion, chaperone
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    2. 1.2heaviesBritish Serious newspapers.
      ‘reporters from the Sunday heavies’
    3. 1.3 An important person.
      ‘music business heavies’
      • ‘If the Indonesian judiciary really can be influenced by political heavies, this is one occasion when I hope such influence is exerted.’
      • ‘The assembled opposition members, journalists and tourism industry heavies were slack-jawed.’
      • ‘At last you have managed to sneak away from your ministry of information heavies and wander the streets alone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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  • 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.’

adverb

  • Heavily.

    in combination ‘heavy-laden’
    ‘his words hung heavy in the 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.’
    • ‘They climbed quick and sure, breathing heavy in the thinning air.’
    • ‘The feeling weighed heavy on his shoulders and in his mind as he finished combing his hair.’
    • ‘From there I started to get pretty heavy into suspension analysis for bikes.’

Phrases

  • heavy going

    • Difficult or boring to deal with.

      ‘she found Hilary heavy going’
      • ‘While it was heavy going underfoot, both teams worked hard and provided some entertaining football.’
      • ‘Connoisseurs of traditional Hungarian cuisine delight in its range of piquant flavours and aromas, and dishes which are spicy and often rather heavy going.’
      • ‘The book is densely written, and the style can be heavy going but it will be an essential source-book for social historians.’
      • ‘We always finish the uphill run with 10 or so sprints in the baking sun - that's heavy going, I can tell you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its myriad of metaphors, however, makes it heavy going and I found it tiresome in the extreme - and shocking in part.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The course was very wet and muddy, making it 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.’
      • ‘It was quite heavy going because of the heat and there were night duties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The downside is that some of this stuff can be heavy going.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has been mentioned that public bodies find it heavy going to dig out old records.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Light entertainment can be surprisingly heavy going.’
      • ‘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!’
      tedious, difficult, dull, dry, serious, over-serious, heavy-going, dreary, boring, turgid, uninteresting, wearisome, dry as dust
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

heavy

/ˈhevē//ˈhɛvi/