[pon-der-uh s] /ˈpɒn dər əs/

of great weight; heavy; massive.
awkward or unwieldy:
He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
dull and labored:
a ponderous dissertation.
of great weight; heavy; huge
(esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
dull or laborious: a ponderous oration

c.1400, “thick;” early 15c., “heavy, weighty, clumsy,” from Latin ponderosus “of great weight; full of meaning,” from pondus (genitive ponderis) “weight” (see pound (n.1)). Meaning “tedious” is first recorded 1704. Related: Ponderously; ponderousness.


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