[hev-ee] /ˈhɛv i/
adjective, heavier, heaviest.
of great weight; hard to lift or carry:
a heavy load.
of great amount, quantity, or size; extremely large; massive:
a heavy vote; a heavy snowfall.
of great force, intensity, turbulence, etc.:
a heavy sea.
of more than the usual or average weight:
a heavy person; heavy freight.
having much weight in proportion to bulk; being of high specific gravity:
a heavy metal.
of major import; grave; serious:
a heavy offense.
deep or intense; profound:
a heavy thinker; heavy slumber.
hard to bear; burdensome; harsh; oppressive:
hard to cope with; trying; difficult:
a heavy task.
being as indicated to an unusually great degree:
a heavy buyer.
broad, thick, or coarse; not delicate:
heavy lines drawn in charcoal.
weighted or laden:
air heavy with moisture.
fraught; loaded; charged:
words heavy with meaning.
depressed with trouble or sorrow; showing sorrow; sad:
a heavy heart.
without vivacity or interest; ponderous; dull:
a heavy style.
slow in movement or action; clumsy:
a heavy walk.
loud and deep; sonorous:
a heavy sound.
(of the sky) overcast or cloudy.
exceptionally dense in substance; insufficiently raised or leavened; thick:
(of food) not easily digested.
being in a state of advanced pregnancy; nearing childbirth:
heavy with child; heavy with young.
having a large capacity, capable of doing rough work, or having a large output:
a heavy truck.
producing or refining basic materials, as steel or coal, used in manufacturing:
sober, serious, or somber:
a heavy part in a drama.
Chemistry. of or relating to an isotope of greater than normal atomic weight, as heavy hydrogen or heavy oxygen, or to a compound containing such an element, as heavy water.
noun, plural heavies.
a somber or ennobled theatrical role or character: Iago is the heavy in Othello.
the theatrical role of a villain.
an actor who plays a theatrical heavy.
Military. a gun of great weight or large caliber.
Slang. a very important or influential person:
a reception for government heavies.
adjective heavier, heaviest
of comparatively great weight: a heavy stone
having a relatively high density: lead is a heavy metal
great in yield, quality, or quantity: heavy rain, heavy traffic
great or considerable: heavy emphasis
hard to bear, accomplish, or fulfil: heavy demands
sad or dejected in spirit or mood: heavy at heart
coarse or broad: a heavy line, heavy features
(of soil) having a high clay content; cloggy
solid or fat: heavy legs
(of an industry) engaged in the large-scale complex manufacture of capital goods or extraction of raw materials Compare light2 (sense 19)
(of a syllable) having stress or accentuation Compare light2 (sense 24)
dull and uninteresting: a heavy style
prodigious: a heavy drinker
(of cakes, bread, etc) insufficiently leavened
deep and loud: a heavy thud
(of music, literature, etc)
weighted; burdened: heavy with child
clumsy and slow: heavy going
permeating: a heavy smell
cloudy or overcast, esp threatening rain: heavy skies
not easily digestible: a heavy meal
(of an element or compound) being or containing an isotope with greater atomic weight than that of the naturally occurring element: heavy hydrogen, heavy water
(horse racing) (of the going on a racecourse) soft and muddy
(slang) using, or prepared to use, violence or brutality: the heavy mob
(informal) heavy on, using large quantities of: this car is heavy on petrol
noun (pl) heavies
(usually pl) (informal) the heavies, a serious newspaper: the Sunday heavies
(informal) a heavyweight boxer, wrestler, etc
(slang) a man hired to threaten violence or deter others by his presence
(Scot) strong bitter beer
Old English hefig “heavy, having much weight; important, grave; oppressive; slow, dull,” from Proto-Germanic *hafiga “containing something; having weight” (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German hebig, Old Norse hofugr, Middle Dutch hevich, Dutch hevig), from PIE *kap- “to grasp” (see capable). Jazz slang sense of “profound, serious” is from 1937 but would have been comprehensible to an Anglo-Saxon. Heavy industry recorded from 1932. Heavy metal attested by 1839 in chemistry; in nautical jargon from at least 1744 in sense “large-caliber guns on a ship.
While we undervalue the nicely-balanced weight of broadsides which have lately been brought forward with all the grave precision of Cocker, we are well aware of the decided advantages of heavy metal. [“United Services Journal,” London, 1830]
As a type of rock music, from 1972.
mid-13c., “something heavy; heaviness,” from heavy (adj.). Theatrical sense of “villain” is 1880.
noun 1. guns and howitzers of large caliber. 2. guns and howitzers of 155-mm caliber and larger. Compare (def 2), . noun phrase The most impressive and persuasive arguments, evidence, persons, etc, available: The Republicans are rolling out their heaviest artillery for this debate/ Against these big critics’ big guns I offered the author some […]
[hev-ee-beer-did] /ˈhɛv iˈbɪər dɪd/ adjective 1. having a thick or dark beard.
noun 1. a large plane capable of carrying heavy bomb loads for long distances, especially at high altitudes.
- Heavy breather
noun 1. a person who breathes stertorously or with difficulty 2. an anonymous telephone caller who imitates such sounds, as being suggestive of sexual excitement noun phrase bodice-ripper (1970s+)