What does heavy mean?

Definitions for heavy
ˈhɛv iheavy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heavynoun

    an actor who plays villainous roles

  2. heavyadjective

    a serious (or tragic) role in a play

  3. heavyadjective

    of comparatively great physical weight or density

    "a heavy load"; "lead is a heavy metal"; "heavy mahogany furniture"

  4. heavyadjective

    unusually great in degree or quantity or number

    "heavy taxes"; "a heavy fine"; "heavy casualties"; "heavy losses"; "heavy rain"; "heavy traffic"

  5. heavyadjective

    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"

  6. heavyadjective

    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"

  7. fleshy, heavy, overweightadjective

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

  8. clayey, cloggy, heavyadjective

    (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

    "the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated"

  9. heavy, lowering, sullen, threateningadjective

    darkened by clouds

    "a heavy sky"

  10. heavyadjective

    of great intensity or power or force

    "a heavy blow"; "the fighting was heavy"; "heavy seas"

  11. heavyadjective

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

    "heavy hydrogen"; "heavy water"

  12. heavyadjective

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

    "Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'"

  13. dense, heavy, impenetrableadjective

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

    "dense smoke"; "heavy fog"; "impenetrable gloom"

  14. heavyadjective

    of relatively large extent and density

    "a heavy line"

  15. heavyadjective

    made of fabric having considerable thickness

    "a heavy coat"

  16. big(a), heavy(a)adjective


    "big spender"; "big eater"; "heavy investor"

  17. heavy, sonorousadjective

    full and loud and deep

    "heavy sounds"; "a herald chosen for his sonorous voice"

  18. intemperate, hard, heavyadjective

    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    "a hard drinker"

  19. grave, grievous, heavy, weightyadjective

    of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

    "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"

  20. heavy, lumbering, ponderousadjective

    slow and laborious because of weight

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

  21. heavyadjective

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

    "a heavy truck"; "heavy machinery"

  22. heavyadjective

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

    "a heavy pudding"

  23. heavyadjective

    sharply inclined

    "a heavy grade"

  24. heavy, weighed downadjective

    full of; bearing great weight

    "trees heavy with fruit"; "vines weighed down with grapes"

  25. heavy, labored, labouredadjective

    requiring or showing effort

    "heavy breathing"; "the subject made for labored reading"

  26. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsomeadjective

    characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    "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"

  27. heavy, leadenadjective

    lacking lightness or liveliness

    "heavy humor"; "a leaden conversation"

  28. heavy, profound, sound, wakelessadjective

    (of sleep) deep and complete

    "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"

  29. big(p), enceinte, expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)adverb

    in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    "was big with child"; "was great with child"

  30. heavy, heavilyadverb

    slowly as if burdened by much weight

    "time hung heavy on their hands"


  1. heavynoun

    A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts.

    With his wrinkled, uneven face, the actor always seemed to play the heavy in films.

  2. heavynoun

    A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.

    A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it.

  3. heavynoun

    A large multi-engined aircraft.

    The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers.

  4. heavyverb

    To make heavier.

  5. heavyverb

    To sadden.

  6. heavyverb

    To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations; to pressure.

    The union was well known for the methods it used to heavy many businesses.

  7. heavyadverb


  8. heavyadjective

    Having great weight.

  9. heavyadjective

    Serious, somber.

  10. heavyadjective


    This film is heavy.

  11. heavyadjective


    The Moody Blues are, like, heavy.

  12. heavyadjective

    High, great.

  13. heavyadjective


    Come heavy, or not at all.

  14. heavyadjective

    louder, more distorted

    Metal is heavier than swing.

  15. heavyadjective

    hot and humid

  16. heavyadjective

    doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.

    He was a heavy sleeper, heavy eater and a heavy smoker - certainly not an ideal husband.

  17. heavyadjective

    high in fat or protein; difficult to digest.

    Cheese stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising.

  18. heavyadjective

    Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense;

  19. heavyadjective

    laden to a great extent.

  20. Etymology: From hevy, from hefig.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HEAVYadjective

    Etymology: heafig, Saxon.

    Mersennus tells us, that a little child, with an engine of an hundred double pulleys, might move this earth, though it were much heavier than it is. John Wilkins.

    Let me not be light;
    For a light wife doth make a heavy husband. William Shakespeare.

    Menelaus bore an heavy hand over the citizens, having a malicious mind. 2 Mac. v. 23.

    Let not your ears despise my tongue for ever,
    Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound
    That ever yet they heard. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Are you so gospell’d
    To pray for this good man, and for his issue?
    Whose heavy hand hath bow’d you to the grave,
    And beggar’d yours for ever. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Chartres, at the levee,
    Tells with a sneer the tydings heavy. Jonathan Swift.

    My heavy eyes, you say, confess
    A heart to love and grief inclin’d. Matthew Prior.

    A work was to be done, a heavy writer to be encouraged, and accordingly many thousand copies were bespoke. Jonathan Swift.

    Fair, tall, his limbs with due proportion join’d;
    But of a heavy, dull, degenerate mind. John Dryden, Fables.

    Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep. Lu. ix. 33.

    But let thy spiders, that suck up thy venom,
    And heavy gaited toads lie in their way. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    This heavy headed revel, East and West
    Makes us traduc’d, and tax’d of other nations. William Shakespeare.

    I would not be accounted so base minded, or heavy headed, that I will confess that any of them is for valour, power, or fortune better than myself. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    I put into thy hands what has been the diversion of some of my idle and heavy hours. John Locke, Epistle to the Reader.

    When alone, your time will not lie heavy upon your hands for want of some trifling amusement. Jonathan Swift.

    Hearing that there were forces coming against him, and not willing that they should find his men heavy and laden with booty, he returned unto Scotland. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Such preparations as retain the oil or fat, are most heavy to the stomach, which makes baked meat hard of digestion. Arb.

  2. Heavyadverb

    As an adverb it is only used in composition; heavily.

    Your carriages were heavy laden; they are a burden to the weary beast. Is. xlvi. 1.

    Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat. ii. 28.


  1. Heavy

    Heavy is a song recorded by English singer-songwriter Anne-Marie. It was released on 22 September 2017 as the third single from her debut studio album, Speak Your Mind (2018). A lyric video was released the same day.


  1. heavy

    Heavy typically refers to something that has a large amount of weight, mass, or density. It can also refer to something that requires significant physical effort or strength to move, lift, or carry. Additionally, heavy can describe an object, substance, or material that is thick or intense in nature, or something that has a profound impact or significance. In a figurative sense, heavy can refer to a burden, responsibility, or emotional weight that one carries. The exact meaning of heavy may vary depending on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heavyadjective

    having the heaves

  2. Heavy

    heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a heavy stone; hence, sometimes, large in extent, quantity, or effects; as, a heavy fall of rain or snow; a heavy failure; heavy business transactions, etc.; often implying strength; as, a heavy barrier; also, difficult to move; as, a heavy draught

  3. Heavy

    not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive; hard to endure or accomplish; hence, grievous, afflictive; as, heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc

  4. Heavy

    laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with care, grief, pain, disappointment

  5. Heavy

    slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid; as, a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, and the like; a heavy writer or book

  6. Heavy

    strong; violent; forcible; as, a heavy sea, storm, cannonade, and the like

  7. Heavy

    loud; deep; -- said of sound; as, heavy thunder

  8. Heavy

    dark with clouds, or ready to rain; gloomy; -- said of the sky

  9. Heavy

    impeding motion; cloggy; clayey; -- said of earth; as, a heavy road, soil, and the like

  10. Heavy

    not raised or made light; as, heavy bread

  11. Heavy

    not agreeable to, or suitable for, the stomach; not easily digested; -- said of food

  12. Heavy

    having much body or strength; -- said of wines, or other liquors

  13. Heavy

    with child; pregnant

  14. Heavyadverb

    heavily; -- sometimes used in composition; as, heavy-laden

  15. Heavyverb

    to make heavy

  16. Etymology: [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. hfigr, hfugr. See Heave.]


  1. Heavy

    Heavy is the debut studio album by the rock band Iron Butterfly, released in early 1968. Most of the songs are strikingly simple, based on two or three riffs. The lyrics are also simple; with the exceptions of "Unconscious Power" and "Gentle as it May Seem", each song has but a single verse of eight lines or less, repeated in whole or in part as needed. The first two tracks, "Possession" and "Unconscious Power", were released as the respective sides of a single. Three of the group's members left the band shortly after the album was recorded, leaving Ingle and Bushy to find replacements. Despite being a debut album with no hit single to provide an entry point for the casual listener, Heavy was a commercial success, reaching #78 on the Billboard Charts and eventually going Gold in the US. Darryl DeLoach, Doug Ingle & Jerry Penrod contributed lead vocals to the songs on Heavy. Side A credited Doug Ingle with Darryl DeLoach, Side B credited Darryl DeLoach with Doug Ingle on all songs except "Look For The Sun" which credited Darryl DeLoach with Jerry Penrod and "Iron Butterfly Theme" which was an instrumental. The two part vocals arranged, mixed and recorded in different ways changed the feeling and progression of the songs. By using the harmony of DeLoach & Ingle to create different vocal textures, the songs benefited by expanding the sonic field of the vocals more than one singer or multi-tracking of the same vocalist could have produced.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heavy

    hev′i, adj. weighty: not easy to bear: oppressive: afflicted: inactive: dull, lacking brightness and interest: inclined to slumber: violent: loud: not easily digested, as food: miry, as soil: having strength, as liquor: dark with clouds: gloomy: expensive: (B.) sad: (theat.) pertaining to the representation of grave or serious parts.—adv. Heav′ily.—n. Heav′iness.—adjs. Heav′y-armed, bearing heavy armour or arms; Heav′y-hand′ed, clumsy, awkward: oppressive; Heav′y-head′ed, having a heavy or large head: dull, stupid, drowsy; Heav′y-heart′ed, weighed down with grief; Heav′y-lād′en, laden with a heavy burden.—n. Heav′y-spar, native sulphate of barium, barytes.—Heavy marching order, the condition of troops fully equipped for field service; Heavy metal, guns or shot of large size: great influence or power; Heavy-weight, one beyond the average weight, esp. in sporting phrase, one placed highest in the ascending scale, feather-weight, light-weight, middle-weight, heavy-weight; Heavy wet, a drink of strong ale or ale and porter mixed.—The heavies (mil.), the heavy cavalry: those who play heavy parts. [A.S. hefighebban, to heave; Old High Ger. hebîg.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. Heavy



  1. Heavy

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Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. heavy

    Strong; violent; forcible; as, a heavy cannonade.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heavy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1086

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heavy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1272

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'heavy' in Adjectives Frequency: #111

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heavy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heavy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of heavy in a Sentence

  1. Ron DeSantis:

    I told Floridians that we would protect their jobs, and today we made that the law, nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates, and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida. I’m thankful to the Florida Legislature for joining me in standing up for freedom.

  2. De Forest:

    The burden of the responsibility hit me like a sucker punch. This is a heavy responsibility.

  3. National Police spokesman Prawut Thavonsiri:

    This is the point where he met with the yellow shirt to swap the rucksack ... the rucksack he was carrying was heavy and (inside) it was explosive material.

  4. Bobby Rose:

    The fighting has been so heavy these past few weeks, I've seen some terrible things.

  5. Mark Regev:

    Ultimately, in the operation we gave Hamas a heavy blow, we dismantled a large part of their terrorist-military machine. We took out part of their leadership. We hit their command and control. Hopefully they will think twice even three times before they strike at Israel again.

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