One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a mechanical doll performed a ponderous dance’
clumsy, slow, heavy, awkward, lumbering, slow-moving, cumbersome, heavy-footed, ungainly, graceless, maladroit, uncoordinated, blundering, like a bull in a china shop
informal clodhopping, clunky
light, graceful, elegant
2‘his ponderous sentences’
laboured, laborious, dull, awkward, clumsy, forced, stilted, unnatural, artificial, turgid, stodgy, stolid, lifeless, plodding, pedestrian, boring, uninteresting, solemn, serious, tedious, monotonous, dry, dreary, pedantic
ornate, elaborate, over-elaborate, intricate, convoluted, verbose, long-winded, windy, prolix
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