What does ponderous mean?

Definitions for ponderous
ˈpɒn dər əspon·der·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. ponderous(adj)

    having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

    "a ponderous stone"; "a ponderous burden"; "ponderous weapons"

  3. ponderous(adj)

    labored and dull

    "a ponderous speech"


  1. ponderous(Adjective)

    Heavy, massive, weighty.

  2. ponderous(Adjective)

    Serious, onerous, oppressive.

  3. ponderous(Adjective)

    Clumsy, unwieldy, or slow, especially due to weight.

  4. ponderous(Adjective)

    Dull, boring, tedious; long-winded in expression.

  5. ponderous(Adjective)

    Characterized by or associated with pondering.

  6. ponderous(Adjective)


  7. Origin: Ultimately from ponderosus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ponderous(adj)

    very heavy; weighty; as, a ponderous shield; a ponderous load; the ponderous elephant

  2. Ponderous(adj)

    important; momentous; forcible

  3. Ponderous(adj)

    heavy; dull; wanting; lightless or spirit; as, a ponderous style; a ponderous joke

  4. Origin: [L. ponderosus, from pondus, -eris, a weight: cf. F. pondreux. See Ponder.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ponderous

    Ponderous-meant for serious reading -I guess-certain text are ponderous to some-guess for a general audience-non ponderous texts are ok.

    he was reading the indian text-the brahmasutras which was a ponderous text.he was reading a general knowledge book which was non ponderous.

    Submitted by Lighthouse21 on May 8, 2018


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ponderous in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ponderous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ponderous in a Sentence

  1. R Chamberlain:

    A foolish man in wealth and authority is like a weak-timbered house with a too-ponderous roof.

  2. This Is Spinal Tap:

    Marty This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too'

  3. W, Willard Wirtz:

    Commencement speakers have a good deal in common with grandfather clocks Standing usually some six feet tall, typically ponderous in construction, more traditional than functional, their distinction is largely their noisy communication of essentially commonplace information.

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