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HEAVY (heavier, heaviest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does heavy mean? 

HEAVY (noun)
  The noun HEAVY has 2 senses:

1. an actor who plays villainous roles
2. a serious (or tragic) role in a play

  Familiarity information: HEAVY used as a noun is rare.


HEAVY (adjective)
  The adjective HEAVY has 27 senses:

1. of comparatively great physical weight or density
2. unusually great in degree or quantity or number
3. of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment
4. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness
5. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
6. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained
7. darkened by clouds
8. of great intensity or power or force
9. (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight
10. (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
11. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
12. of relatively large extent and density
13. made of fabric having considerable thickness
14. prodigious
15. full and loud and deep
16. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
17. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
18. slow and laborious because of weight
19. large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work
20. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal
21. sharply inclined
22. full of; bearing great weight
23. requiring or showing effort
24. characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
25. lacking lightness or liveliness
26. (of sleep) deep and complete
27. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

  Familiarity information: HEAVY used as an adjective is very familiar.


HEAVY (adverb)
  The adverb HEAVY has 1 sense:

1. slowly as if burdened by much weight

  Familiarity information: HEAVY used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEAVY (noun)


Sense 1heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An actor who plays villainous roles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("heavy" is a kind of...):

actor; histrion; player; role player; thespian (a theatrical performer)


Sense 2heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A serious (or tragic) role in a play

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("heavy" is a kind of...):

character; part; persona; role; theatrical role (an actor's portrayal of someone in a play)


HEAVY (adjective)


Sense 1heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of comparatively great physical weight or density

Context examples:

a heavy load / lead is a heavy metal / heavy mahogany furniture

Similar:

ponderous (having great mass and weight and unwieldiness)

non-buoyant (tending to sink in a liquid or fall in air)

massive (consisting of great mass; containing a great quantity of matter)

hefty (of considerable weight and size)

heavier-than-air (relating to an aircraft heavier than the air it displaces)

doughy; soggy (having the consistency of dough because of insufficient leavening or improper cooking)

dense (having high relative density or specific gravity)

Attribute:

weight (the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity)

Antonym:

light (of comparatively little physical weight or density)


Sense 2heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unusually great in degree or quantity or number

Context examples:

heavy taxes / a heavy fine / heavy casualties / heavy losses / heavy rain / heavy traffic

Similar:

harsh (severe)

Antonym:

light (not great in degree or quantity or number)


Sense 3heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment

Context examples:

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

Antonym:

light (of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment)


Sense 4heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness

Context examples:

a heavy heart / a heavy schedule / heavy news / a heavy silence / heavy eyelids

Similar:

weighty (weighing heavily on the spirit; causing anxiety or worry)

oppressive (weighing heavily on the senses or spirit)

leaden; weighted (made heavy or weighted down with weariness)

distressful; distressing; disturbing; perturbing; troubling; worrisome; worrying (causing distress or worry or anxiety)

burdensome; onerous; taxing (not easily borne; wearing)

Antonym:

light (psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles)


Sense 5heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it

Synonyms:

overweight; fleshy; heavy

Similar:

fat (having much flesh (especially fat))


Sense 6heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used of soil) compact and fine-grained

Synonyms:

cloggy; clayey; heavy

Context example:

the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated

Similar:

compact (closely and firmly united or packed together)


Sense 7heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Darkened by clouds

Synonyms:

lowering; sullen; threatening; heavy

Context example:

a heavy sky

Similar:

cloudy (full of or covered with clouds)


Sense 8heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of great intensity or power or force

Context examples:

a heavy blow / the fighting was heavy / heavy seas

Similar:

big (marked by intense physical force)

Antonym:

light (of little intensity or power or force)


Sense 9heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight

Context examples:

heavy hydrogen / heavy water

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Antonym:

light ((physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average)


Sense 10heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of an actor or role) being or playing the villain

Context example:

Iago is the heavy role in 'Othello'

Similar:

wicked (morally bad in principle or practice)


Sense 11heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter

Synonyms:

dense; impenetrable; heavy

Context examples:

dense smoke / heavy fog / impenetrable gloom

Similar:

thick (relatively dense in consistency)


Sense 12heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of relatively large extent and density

Context example:

a heavy line

Similar:

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)


Sense 13heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made of fabric having considerable thickness

Context example:

a heavy coat

Similar:

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)


Sense 14heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prodigious

Synonyms:

big; heavy

Context examples:

big spender / big eater / heavy investor

Similar:

intemperate (excessive in behavior)


Sense 15heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Full and loud and deep

Synonyms:

sonorous; heavy

Context examples:

heavy sounds / a herald chosen for his sonorous voice

Similar:

full ((of sound) having marked depth and body)


Sense 16heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

Synonyms:

intemperate; hard; heavy

Context example:

a hard drinker

Similar:

indulgent (characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone)


Sense 17heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

Synonyms:

weighty; grievous; grave; heavy

Context examples:

grave responsibilities / faced a grave decision in a time of crisis / a grievous fault / heavy matters of state / the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference

Similar:

important; of import (of great significance or value)


Sense 18heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slow and laborious because of weight

Synonyms:

lumbering; ponderous; heavy

Context examples:

the heavy tread of tired troops / moved with a lumbering sag-bellied trot / ponderous prehistoric beasts / a ponderous yawn

Similar:

heavy-footed ((of movement) lacking ease or lightness)


Sense 19heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work

Context examples:

a heavy truck / heavy machinery

Similar:

heavy-duty (designed for heavy work)


Sense 20heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal

Context example:

a heavy pudding

Similar:

indigestible (digested with difficulty)


Sense 21heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sharply inclined

Context example:

a heavy grade

Similar:

steep (having a sharp inclination)


Sense 22heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Full of; bearing great weight

Synonyms:

weighed down; heavy

Context examples:

trees heavy with fruit / vines weighed down with grapes

Similar:

full (containing as much or as many as is possible or normal)


Sense 23heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Requiring or showing effort

Synonyms:

labored; laboured; heavy

Context examples:

heavy breathing / the subject made for labored reading

Similar:

effortful (requiring great physical effort)


Sense 24heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

Synonyms:

operose; laborious; toilsome; gruelling; grueling; backbreaking; arduous; punishing; hard; heavy

Context examples:

worked their arduous way up the mining valley / a grueling campaign / hard labor / heavy work / heavy going / spent many laborious hours on the project / set a punishing pace

Similar:

effortful (requiring great physical effort)


Sense 25heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking lightness or liveliness

Synonyms:

leaden; heavy

Context examples:

heavy humor / a leaden conversation

Similar:

dull (lacking in liveliness or animation)


Sense 26heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of sleep) deep and complete

Synonyms:

wakeless; profound; sound; heavy

Context examples:

a heavy sleep / fell into a profound sleep / a sound sleeper / deep wakeless sleep

Similar:

deep (relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply)


Sense 27heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In an advanced stage of pregnancy

Synonyms:

with child; gravid; enceinte; expectant; great; large; big; heavy

Context examples:

was big with child / was great with child

Similar:

pregnant (carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life)


HEAVY (adverb)


Sense 1heavy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slowly as if burdened by much weight

Synonyms:

heavy; heavily

Context example:

time hung heavy on their hands


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