Definition of heavyweight in US English:



  • 1A weight in boxing and other sports, typically the heaviest category. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 178 to 200 pounds (81 to 91 kg).

    • ‘There was a period in the 90s when Nelson held the World Boxing Federation heavyweight title.’
    • ‘Dolan's selection had been criticised in some quarters as he was stepped up to super heavyweight after winning three successive ABA titles at heavyweight but his ring skills are beyond doubt.’
    • ‘He has not boxed competitively since losing his World Boxing Council version of the world heavyweight title to Mike Tyson in 1995.’
    • ‘It exceeded all the heavyweight fights this year.’
    • ‘The German was world heavyweight boxing champion from 1930-32.’
    • ‘But there are heavyweight champions I think that, even as a middleweight, I could have beaten.’
    • ‘In 1916, in front of 30,000 people in Barcelona, he fought heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who knocked him out in the sixth round.’
    • ‘There were three men's divisions: lightweight, heavyweight and open.’
    • ‘The World's allow one entrant per division per country, while the World Games are one men's lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight per continent.’
    • ‘That would be Walker's farewell fight in heavyweight and his career began to slide.’
    • ‘I'm a light heavyweight, but this guy looked well over heavyweight and his tattoos made him look like a statue desecrated by graffiti.’
    • ‘The former European heavyweight boxing champion wears his championship medals round his neck, lest anyone should forget.’
    • ‘Susana Alonso, Women's World Amateur heavyweight winner, made beautiful posing music with Armando Villa to take the top prize.’
    • ‘In a fight full of trash-talking and taunting, Jones appeared tired early, and said having to lose weight to come down from heavyweight took its toll.’
    • ‘He was boxing for six or seven years and during that time was national senior champion five times in all, three times at heavyweight and twice at super heavy weight.’
    • ‘The greatest event in sports is world heavyweight boxing.’
    • ‘And high on the wall he spotted the framed pair of boxing trunks worn and signed by world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.’
    • ‘He also happens to be a two-time world heavyweight boxing champ.’
    • ‘The life of luxury has its cost, and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says he can't afford it anymore.’
    • ‘And before that, you were the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, am I right?’
    1. 1.1 A heavyweight boxer or other competitor.
      • ‘Then again, with today's heavyweights that does make him a contender.’
      • ‘This allows smallish heavyweights to gradually move up without putting their careers at risk, in particular early in their careers.’
      • ‘As most people know, I'm not a big fan of the heavyweights, as they are not only boring for the most-part, but slow moving.’
      • ‘The boxers set a brisk pace for heavyweights, both relying on speed of hand and continual movement.’
      • ‘Jones would be best advised to take on small heavyweights if he wants to compete against the big boys, which is where the money is.’
      • ‘It was because they weren't heavyweights, and to expect them to compete with the heavyweight champion, who held the premier title in boxing, was ludicrous.’
      • ‘It's supposed to be a fight between the best light heavyweight in the world and the 25th heavyweight in the world.’
      • ‘Where must it be ranked among the great clashes between light heavyweights and heavyweights?’
      • ‘I figured I don't have to go out there and be a high-flying junior heavyweight.’
      • ‘The point is that we really don't know how to evaluate him when matched with a top tier heavyweight.’
      • ‘There is wrestling with college kids at Fresno State, where he was an All-American junior heavyweight.’
      • ‘The other heavyweights know that they probably won't be hurt or knocked out by him, just humiliated.’
      • ‘The two heavyweights shook hands and spoke for a few moments.’
      • ‘The fighter once regarded as the most talented heavyweight, Mike Tyson, has become better known for doing violence outside the ring than in it.’
      • ‘Tyson hits like no other heavyweight, so when you get hit the first time, it is like a shock to your system.’
      • ‘His record equals that of his older brother, Stephen, who dominated the domestic scene as a super-heavyweight and heavyweight.’
      • ‘But here we're talking heavyweights and neither fighter is exciting to watch, as is most of the rest of that weight class.’
      • ‘Burns was one of top three heavyweights at the time and certainly was the best white heavyweight when Jackson fought him.’
      • ‘There is a part of me that finds it hard to believe because Ali took it to the body better than any heavyweight ever.’
      • ‘Like another heavyweight, Mike Tyson, Campbell's best days came as a young man.’
  • 2A person or thing of above-average weight.

    • ‘Velocities ranged from over 1,200 feet per second for the lighter weight bullets to just under 1,000 feet per second for the heavyweights.’
    • ‘Tipping the scales at a whopping 28500, this is the heavyweight of the bunch.’
    • ‘This would have been unlikely two months ago but the heavyweight darts legend is a man reborn, thanks to his participation in this project.’
    1. 2.1 A person of influence or importance in a particular sphere.
      ‘a political heavyweight with national recognition’
      • ‘Over the past decade, many Taiwanese political heavyweights and celebrities in various fields have visited the library.’
      • ‘All will be revealed on next Friday night when the three political heavyweights as well as many more local protagonists will be throwing their hat into the ring and vying for the coveted title.’
      • ‘Since his death there may not have been a drop-off in crime but the number of high-profile criminal heavyweights has waned.’
      • ‘As the country's political heavyweights picked city youngsters off a playground slide, it was clear that these images were designed to kick-start the conference in the Sunday papers.’
      • ‘Perhaps some other political, er, heavyweights could benefit from his example.’
      • ‘Last Wednesday's meeting saw various heavyweights from the political world discussing the issues of the day.’
      • ‘So why did people disregard what the factional leaders or heavyweights or number crunchers were telling them?’
      • ‘By the time he ran for the Senate in 1984 he was already known nationally as a political heavyweight.’
      • ‘And this year there is added spice, with the future of a political heavyweight on the line.’
      • ‘Political heavyweights have begun to take notice of the evangelicals’ rise.’
      • ‘American political heavyweights and reclusive Hollywood stars will come together in New York next month to help two Irish men launch a new glossy magazine for dog lovers.’
      • ‘Three environmental heavyweights have urged council chiefs to shelve plans to build two giant wind turbines near York.’
      • ‘The report makes it clear that despite the haughty posturing of national security heavyweights, we do not have adults watching the store.’
      • ‘Tony Blair was assiduous in recruiting intellectual heavyweights to his cause to put some philosophical weight on the party's old skeleton.’
      • ‘Well, this is a race where no introduction was necessary for either of these candidates, both political heavyweights in the state and nationally.’
      • ‘Certain political heavyweights have reportedly even banged on the table during the meetings.’
      • ‘To get in good shape, each of these political heavyweights has his own plan of action’
      • ‘Among the eight contestants in the constituency, five are backed by parties and most are political heavyweights.’
      • ‘However, the Catalans have recruited to their cause a notable heavyweight from the world of football politics.’
      • ‘I am neither a union official nor a political heavyweight, but I do not dismiss out of hand any deed undertaken by someone in defence of others simply because of my personal bias against them.’
      grandee, important person, vip, very important person, notable, notability, worthy, personage, luminary, public figure, pillar of society, leading light, leader, panjandrum
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  • 1Of above-average weight.

    • ‘Choose high-quality, mediumweight fleece - lightweight fleece will not produce a fluffy bloom and two layers of heavyweight fleece are too bulky.’
    • ‘Gone are the days of the over-sized, thick, heavyweight shirt that feels rough against your skin.’
    • ‘A slimming guru has received an award from a no-longer-so heavyweight TV critic for bringing Weight Watchers classes to Rochdale.’
    • ‘Built in the 19th Century, the crematorium is helping red-faced funeral directors tackle the problem of heavyweight clients' custom-built coffins.’
    • ‘It was built from a combination of heavyweight concrete and steel ballast to develop the required weight.’
    • ‘With the weight penalty (a heavyweight publication), either hand carry it on the plane, or send it early for the festive season by sea mail!’
    chunky, bulky, heavy, cable-knit
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    1. 1.1 Serious, important, or influential.
      ‘heavyweight news coverage’
      • ‘This is a heavyweight resource about news and breakthroughs in the world of science.’
      • ‘With a serious heavyweight training behind him, his food is already to die for.’
      • ‘Some got merely dozens of votes but very many were serious heavyweight contenders with a wide range of experience.’
      • ‘And in thin trading in the City, banks and telecom stocks were among the heavyweight blue-chips helping to fuel the late rally.’
      • ‘While Dr Lamont is about to embark on a three-year study on the history of magic at Edinburgh University, academics at Glasgow University have conducted a heavyweight series of seminars on the subject.’
      • ‘Although his British career has been conducted at a lower pitch since the early 70s, he remains, at 61, among America's most favoured heavyweight interviewers.’
      • ‘And it came out in the afternoon, while the heavyweight establishment News ruled the morning.’
      • ‘Another heavyweight contender for an award has to be the Ukrainian man who, while out walking his dog, threw a live hand grenade at a police cadet when the officer tried to point out that the dog should be leashed and muzzled.’
      • ‘He claimed to have heavyweight support and the Yorkshire Post found plenty of backing for his campaign, which provides the first rallying point for the many people who think another tier of government will be a waste of time at best.’
      • ‘The harm is if people start thinking these lightweights are providing heavyweight answers.’
      • ‘But in addition to being a heavyweight news presenter she has shown skill and financial acumen in producing general and feature programmes for TV.’
      • ‘The trouble is, unfair as it may seem, a sizeable part of judgment is based on precedent - heavyweight disapproval is saved for those who ‘aren't normally like that’.’
      • ‘Then I thought, this guy is a heavyweight cultural icon, better get a grip and make an effort to take it seriously.’
      • ‘He blamed the heavyweight lobbying power of the big banking institutions for the Government's decision to turn its back on post offices.’
      • ‘The baby is due on July 4 and the 31-year-old heavyweight comic said he was ‘thrilled’ with the news.’
      • ‘The lesson of the O J Simpson trial was that destroying the credibility of witnesses is a defence strategy that can outbalance the traditional heavyweight pointers of motive, means and opportunity.’
      • ‘Perhaps we have been wrong in thinking him a serious, heavyweight politician.’
      • ‘As dean of Aberdeen University's arts and divinity faculty, Torrance is seen as an intellectual, a heavyweight theologian and the strongest competition.’
      intellectual, highbrow, deep, profound, literary, learned, scholarly, cultured
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