• IPA: /ˈhɛvɪnəs/


  1. The state of being heavy; weight, weightiness, force of impact or gravity.
  2. (archaic) Oppression; dejectedness, sadness; low spirits.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
      First got with guile, and then preseru'd with dread, / And after spent with pride and lauishnesse, / Leauing behind them griefe and heauinesse.
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      By so much the more shall I to-morrow be at the height of heart-heaviness.
  3. (obsolete) Drowsiness.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii:
      smallcaps Miranda: The strangeness of your story put / Heaviness in me.

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