heavy

Something that's heavy weighs a lot, either physically or emotionally. It's hard to lift a heavy backpack, and it's hard to handle a heavy topic, like the meaning of life.

Bulky, substantial things are heavy, and you can also describe people as heavy, especially if they're big-boned and carry a lot of weight. Thick or strong things are sometimes called heavy as well: "The apple tree was heavy with blossoms, but when the heavy wind started up, they all blew away." Heavy breathing is fast and labored, and heavy food is just too rich or filling.

Definitions of heavy
  1. adjective
    of comparatively great physical weight or density
    “a heavy load”
    “lead is a heavy metal”
    heavy mahogany furniture”
    Synonyms:
    dense
    having high relative density or specific gravity
    doughy, soggy
    having the consistency of dough because of insufficient leavening or improper cooking
    heavier-than-air
    relating to an aircraft heavier than the air it displaces
    hefty
    of considerable weight and size
    massive
    consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter
    non-buoyant
    tending to sink in a liquid or fall in air
    ponderous
    having great mass and weight and unwieldiness
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    light
    of comparatively little physical weight or density
    lightweight
    weighing relatively little compared with another item or object of similar use
    airy
    having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air
    buoyant, floaty
    tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
    lighter-than-air
    relating to a balloon or other aircraft that flies because it weighs less than the air it displaces
    low-density
    having low relative density or specific gravity
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  2. adjective
    usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
    synonyms: fleshy, overweight
    fat
    having an (over)abundance of flesh
  3. adjective
    slow and laborious because of weight
    “the heavy tread of tired troops”
    synonyms: lumbering, ponderous
    heavy-footed
    (of movement) lacking ease or lightness
  4. adjective
    full of; bearing great weight
    “trees heavy with fruit”
    synonyms: weighed down
    full
    containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
  5. adjective
    in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    synonyms: big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, large, with child
    pregnant
    carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life
  6. adjective
    unusually great in degree or quantity or number
    heavy taxes”
    “a heavy fine”
    heavy casualties”
    heavy losses”
    heavy rain”
    heavy traffic”
    Synonyms:
    harsh
    severe
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    Antonyms:
    light
    not great in degree or quantity or number
  7. adjective
    of great intensity or power or force
    “a heavy blow”
    “the fighting was heavy
    heavy seas”
    Synonyms:
    big
    marked by intense physical force
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    Antonyms:
    light
    of little intensity or power or force
    easy, gentle, soft
    having little impact
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  8. adjective
    of relatively large extent and density
    “a heavy line”
    Synonyms:
    thick
    not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
  9. adjective
    prodigious
    heavy investor”
    synonyms: big
    intemperate
    excessive in behavior
  10. adjective
    large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work
    “a heavy truck”
    heavy machinery”
    Synonyms:
    heavy-duty
    designed for heavy work
  11. adjective
    of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment
    heavy artillery”
    heavy infantry”
    “a heavy cruiser”
    heavy guns”
    heavy industry involves large-scale production of basic products (such as steel) used by other industries”
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    Antonyms:
    light
    of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
    light-armed, lightly-armed
    armed with light weapons
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  12. adjective
    marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness
    “a heavy heart”
    “a heavy schedule”
    heavy news”
    “a heavy silence”
    heavy eyelids”
    Synonyms:
    burdensome, onerous, taxing
    not easily borne; wearing
    distressful, distressing, disturbing, perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worrying
    causing distress or worry or anxiety
    leaden, weighted
    made heavy or weighted down with weariness
    oppressive
    weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
    weighty
    weighing heavily on the spirit; causing anxiety or worry
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    Antonyms:
    light
    psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
    casual, fooling
    characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility
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  13. adjective
    lacking lightness or liveliness
    heavy humor”
    synonyms: leaden
    dull
    lacking in liveliness or animation
  14. adjective
    of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
    heavy matters of state”
    synonyms: grave, grievous, weighty
    important, of import
    of great significance or value
  15. adjective
    permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
    heavy fog”
    synonyms: dense, impenetrable
    thick
    relatively dense in consistency
  16. adjective
    darkened by clouds
    “a heavy sky”
    synonyms: lowering, sullen, threatening
    cloudy
    full of or covered with clouds
  17. adjective
    made of fabric having considerable thickness
    “a heavy coat”
    Synonyms:
    thick
    not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions
  18. adjective
    dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal
    “a heavy pudding”
    Synonyms:
    indigestible
    digested with difficulty
  19. adjective
    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
    synonyms: hard, intemperate
    indulgent
    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  20. adjective
    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
    heavy work”
    heavy going”
    synonyms: arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome
    effortful
    requiring great physical effort
  21. adjective
    requiring or showing effort
    heavy breathing”
    synonyms: labored, laboured
    effortful
    requiring great physical effort
  22. adjective
    full and loud and deep
    heavy sounds”
    synonyms: sonorous
    full
    (of sound) having marked deepness and body
  23. adjective
    (of sleep) deep and complete
    “a heavy sleep”
    synonyms: profound, sound, wakeless
    deep
    relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply
  24. adjective
    (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight
    heavy hydrogen”
    heavy water”
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    Antonyms:
    light
    (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
  25. adjective
    sharply inclined
    “a heavy grade”
    Synonyms:
    steep
    having a sharp inclination
  26. adverb
    slowly as if burdened by much weight
    “time hung heavy on their hands”
    synonyms: heavily
  27. adjective
    (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
    “Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'”
    Synonyms:
    wicked
    morally bad in principle or practice
  28. noun
    an actor who plays villainous roles
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    type of:
    actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
    a theatrical performer
  29. noun
    a serious (or tragic) role in a play
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    type of:
    character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
  30. adjective
    (used of soil) compact and fine-grained
    synonyms: clayey, cloggy
    compact
    closely and firmly united or packed together
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