Definition of weighty in English:



  • 1Weighing a great deal; heavy.

    ‘a weighty tome’
    • ‘I admit that I proceeded with a heavy heart to read this weighty tome, but confess that I found each chapter pleasantly surprising.’
    • ‘He was tall and a bit on the thick weighty side, though it wasn't hard to see that he was also quite muscular.’
    • ‘With increasingly weighty school bags and heavy workload after school, very little free time is left for the kids to enjoy their childhoods.’
    • ‘There are frescoed walls and ceilings, weighty beams inscribed with German proverbs, and a preponderance of carved and knotted pine.’
    • ‘Creating a massive weighty object that not only flies, but hovers and takes off vertically is an amazing innovation, a marvel of modern engineering.’
    • ‘Comparatively speaking, handheld devices are delicate, weighty, and bulky due to the glass screens.’
    • ‘He never truly liked a heavy meal nor anything that was either too rich or weighty.’
    • ‘Unlike the delicate quadrant, the mariner's astrolabe was a thick, weighty instrument typically made of cast bronze or brass.’
    • ‘Charlotte was carrying a heavy bag on her left shoulder and weighty shopping draped over the same arm - a sure recipe for disaster!’
    heavy, massive, thick, bulky, hefty, cumbersome, clumsy, ponderous, overweight
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    1. 1.1Of great seriousness and importance.
      ‘he threw off all weighty considerations of state’
      • ‘It is significant that this weighty information is not revealed to the reader.’
      • ‘The Shipping News deals with weighty issues and is intellectually intriguing, but I found myself uninvolved from start to finish.’
      • ‘Her lyrics deal with weighty subjects but she can be as flippant as the next joker.’
      • ‘The Institute of Medicine has a distinguished history of publishing weighty reports on important subjects.’
      • ‘It is a problem that can have weighty consequences.’
      • ‘In fact, the film looks set to deal with some pretty weighty subject material in relation to all of its characters.’
      • ‘The rules are taken seriously, and there are weighty consequences for breaking them.’
      • ‘It is one of the very few books to deal with the weighty issue of science versus religion.’
      • ‘The movie was too weighty and took itself too seriously.’
      • ‘We commit to continuing to publish the serious scoops, the weighty investigative pieces and the incisive political analysis.’
      • ‘It is perhaps irresponsible to address a subject that currently has so many weighty associations and deal with it using only anecdotal evidence.’
      • ‘You are taken more seriously because you have got a fairly weighty qualification behind you.’
      • ‘There's nothing serious or weighty about any of this.’
      • ‘There are the serious programmes, where weighty professors talk straight to camera and pronounce their conventional view of great kings and queens.’
      • ‘For years Irish politics dealt with weighty issues such as unemployment, closing the poverty gap and education for all.’
      • ‘There are some hefty themes for what proves to be a weighty, worthy, serious-minded film.’
      • ‘As the titles suggest, weighty topics are dealt with.’
      • ‘There are no weighty issues to ponder when the credits roll.’
      • ‘I imagine that most of those people had never seen a film that dealt in such weighty matters,.’
      burdensome, onerous, heavy, oppressive, stressful, taxing, troublesome, worrisome, vexatious
      important, of great import, of great importance, significant, of significance, momentous, of moment, consequential, of consequence, far-reaching, key, major, vital, critical, crucial, life-and-death, high-priority, decisive, serious, grave, solemn
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    2. 1.2Having a great deal of influence on events or decisions.
      ‘the evidence for proprietorial interference has become even more weighty’
      • ‘Businesses rarely rely exclusively on quantitative research to make weighty marketing decisions.’
      • ‘It feels like it's an incredibly weighty decision, that you can make a huge mistake.’
      • ‘Of course, classification, region, and variety of grape are all weighty influences.’
      • ‘Would his superiors be angry with him if they found he had made so weighty a decision in their absence?’
      • ‘In politics this can be dangerous, because it encourages basing decisions, no matter how weighty, on whatever popular opinion momentarily prevails.’
      • ‘By the time they reach the thirties they face a myriad of weighty decisions about career, home, love, marriage, and babies.’
      • ‘It has been found that the smoking behaviours of best friends and peers have a weighty influence on adolescent smoking habits.’
      • ‘Several of our intrepid heroes are forced to make some rather weighty decisions.’
      • ‘Prosperity and wealth can have a weighty influence.’
      compelling, cogent, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, convincing, plausible, effective, efficacious, effectual, sound, valid, well founded, telling
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