What does heavy mean?

Definitions for heavy
ˈhɛv iheavy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word heavy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. heavy(noun)

    an actor who plays villainous roles

  2. heavy(adj)

    a serious (or tragic) role in a play

  3. heavy(adj)

    of comparatively great physical weight or density

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

  4. heavy(adj)

    unusually great in degree or quantity or number

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

  5. heavy(adj)

    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. heavy(adj)

    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, overweight(adj)

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

  8. clayey, cloggy, heavy(adj)

    (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

    "the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated"

  9. heavy, lowering, sullen, threatening(adj)

    darkened by clouds

    "a heavy sky"

  10. heavy(adj)

    of great intensity or power or force

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

  11. heavy(adj)

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

    "heavy hydrogen"; "heavy water"

  12. heavy(adj)

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

    "Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'"

  13. dense, heavy, impenetrable(adj)

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

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

  14. heavy(adj)

    of relatively large extent and density

    "a heavy line"

  15. heavy(adj)

    made of fabric having considerable thickness

    "a heavy coat"

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


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

  17. heavy, sonorous(adj)

    full and loud and deep

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

  18. intemperate, hard, heavy(adj)

    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    "a hard drinker"

  19. grave, grievous, heavy, weighty(adj)

    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, ponderous(adj)

    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. heavy(adj)

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

    "a heavy truck"; "heavy machinery"

  22. heavy(adj)

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

    "a heavy pudding"

  23. heavy(adj)

    sharply inclined

    "a heavy grade"

  24. heavy, weighed down(adj)

    full of; bearing great weight

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

  25. heavy, labored, laboured(adj)

    requiring or showing effort

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

  26. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome(adj)

    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, leaden(adj)

    lacking lightness or liveliness

    "heavy humor"; "a leaden conversation"

  28. heavy, profound, sound, wakeless(adj)

    (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, heavily(adverb)

    slowly as if burdened by much weight

    "time hung heavy on their hands"


  1. heavy(Noun)

    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. heavy(Noun)

    A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.

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

  3. heavy(Noun)

    A large multi-engined aircraft.

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

  4. heavy(Verb)

    To make heavier.

  5. heavy(Verb)

    To sadden.

  6. heavy(Verb)

    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. heavy(Adverb)


  8. heavy(Adjective)

    Having great weight.

  9. heavy(Adjective)

    Serious, somber.

  10. heavy(Adjective)


    This film is heavy.

  11. heavy(Adjective)


    The Moody Blues are, like, heavy.

  12. heavy(Adjective)

    High, great.

  13. heavy(Adjective)


    Come heavy, or not at all.

  14. heavy(Adjective)

    louder, more distorted

    Metal is heavier than swing.

  15. heavy(Adjective)

    hot and humid

  16. heavy(Adjective)

    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. heavy(Adjective)

    high in fat or protein; difficult to digest.

    Cheese stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising.

  18. heavy(Adjective)

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

  19. heavy(Adjective)

    laden to a great extent.

  20. Origin: From hevy, from hefig.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heavy(adj)

    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. Heavy(adverb)

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

  15. Heavy(verb)

    to make heavy

  16. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce heavy?

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How to say heavy in sign language?

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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. Kaneo Ogino:

    The yen's upside is heavy.

  2. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita:

    Tonight the death toll is heavy.

  3. Mustafa Bali:

    We expect a fierce and heavy battle.

  4. Matt Salmon:

    It's going to be a really heavy lift.

  5. French Proverb:

    Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.

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