Definition of ponderous in US English:

ponderous

adjective

  • 1Slow and clumsy because of great weight.

    ‘her footsteps were heavy and ponderous’
    • ‘That final resting place of ponderous pachyderms would be, for the unscrupulous and disturbingly clean bad guy, the mother lode of ivory.’
    • ‘The superior fitness and organisation within the Malton side was always going to cause problems for a ponderous and ageing visiting side who had little to offer apart from a big front row.’
    • ‘‘A lot of big fighters are slow and ponderous, but I apply myself on my speed as opposed to power,’ he said.’
    • ‘Certainly his deft karate skills have become slow and ponderous.’
    • ‘One of the rules of radio: nimble and facile is preferable to ponderous and slow.’
    • ‘Arthur Thatford was the slow, ponderous sort, and his sister little better.’
    • ‘After Jurassic Park, the monster looked so slow and ponderous it was pretty funny.’
    • ‘So often last season, those two provided the creative spark going forward, whereas the current side looks ponderous and predictable in the final third by comparison.’
    • ‘Stansfield had lost none of his ability in winning the ball in the air but on the ground he was slow and ponderous and a number of defensive errors became attributed to him.’
    • ‘Foreman was thought to be slow and ponderous heading into his title fight with Frazier.’
    • ‘Joaquin came in for the ponderous Luis Enrique and made such an impact that one wondered how he was not preferred to the veteran Barcelona player before now.’
    • ‘He had a pretty good beard going and he moved with a slow, ponderous deliberation, like he was reaching the end of a long journey.’
    • ‘I'll box and battle him, and make him look slow and ponderous.’
    • ‘In addition to hauling their own weight, the ponderous vehicles must plow about 17 tons of air out of their way every mile!’
    • ‘He was too slow, too ponderous; he had a big, heavy punch, but there was nothing spontaneous about him in the ring.’
    • ‘At times in that second stanza, Glasgow plodded around like one of the infamous local vehicles run on illegal cooking oil: wheezy, ponderous and not too reliable.’
    • ‘As per the vehicle's steering and handling, it is generally ponderous and has a slow response to steering inputs.’
    • ‘The Nissan Patrol drives as it looks - heavy and a little ponderous.’
    • ‘The jury remains out on whether the ponderous Blanc can replace the discarded Jaap Stam and the champions have leaked seven goals in the four games he has played.’
    • ‘His jumping is crisp and accurate at this game, whereas he can often be slow and ponderous over fences.’
    clumsy, slow, heavy, awkward, lumbering, slow-moving, cumbersome, heavy-footed, ungainly, graceless, maladroit, uncoordinated, blundering, like a bull in a china shop
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    1. 1.1 Dull, laborious, or excessively solemn.
      ‘Liz could hardly restrain herself from finishing all his ponderous sentences’
      • ‘The very slow action and scene progression of Rainmaker may appear overly ponderous, but is quite effective in conveying the desperation of the characters.’
      • ‘House of the Spirits was stilted and ponderous and written with a poor command of the nuances of English.’
      • ‘The response of university authorities has been slow and ponderous.’
      • ‘That we heard Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, saying it's too slow, it's too ponderous.’
      • ‘Like The End Of Violence, it sometimes feels clumsy and ponderous, and seems unlikely to attract more than a cult audience.’
      • ‘They are only intended to add ponderous weight to Eastwood's simple, plodding narrative, which might as well be a 45 minute episode of a cop show.’
      • ‘The hymn has a heavy, ponderous, sonorous melody that goes all the way back to the chants of the fourth century.’
      • ‘The price is obscene, and I often find the typical article… ponderous.’
      • ‘No other architect has made the slow, ponderous, collaborative business of construction into such a direct expression of his demented, agonised, fertile soul.’
      • ‘The book's long, ponderous descriptions of southern landscapes and sub-Faulknerian dialogue led some readers to suspect that the hero was in no hurry to see her again.’
      • ‘There's no point in comparing the graphic novel Road to Perdition with the respectable though somewhat ponderous movie based on it.’
      • ‘LaGamma's essay in particular is informative without being ponderous.’
      • ‘Her meticulous nature and ponderous pauses would lead to drawn out silences that could terminate any argument in a concise finale, leaving you in no doubt who was right and who was wrong.’
      • ‘This opera is long and ponderous enough, and though there is much depth to plumb, the tempos, to me, must move along.’
      • ‘Congress had managed to wade through the ponderous 200-page tome.’
      • ‘Government-by-committee and persistent bureaucratic controls lead to ponderous decision-making.’
      • ‘The courts move in their usual ponderous manner.’
      • ‘After a half hour of ponderous, laugh-free, heavy dialogue, I reclassified Prizzi's Honor as a serious mob movie.’
      • ‘Most contemporary Baptists would find a sermon like this ponderous and pedantic.’
      • ‘Beck's answers are slow and considered, thoughtful to the point of being ponderous.’
      laboured, laborious, dull, awkward, clumsy, forced, stilted, unnatural, artificial, turgid, stodgy, stolid, lifeless, plodding, pedestrian, boring, uninteresting, solemn, serious, tedious, monotonous, dry, dreary, pedantic
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Origin

Late Middle English: via French from Latin ponderosus, from pondus, ponder- ‘weight’.

Pronunciation

ponderous

/ˈpɑnd(ə)rəs//ˈpänd(ə)rəs/