heavy
Pronunciation
  • (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈhɛ.vi/
  • (AU, New Zealand) IPA: /ˈhe.vi/
Adjective

heavy (comparative heavier, superlative heaviest)

  1. (of a physical object) Having great weight.
  2. (of a topic) Serious, somber.
  3. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive.
    heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Samuel 5:6 ↗:
      The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, 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 IV, scene i]:
      The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make.
    • Sent hither to impart the heavy news.
  4. (British, slang, dated) Good.
    This film is heavy.
  5. (dated, late 1960s, 1970s, US) Profound.
    The Moody Blues are, like, heavy.
  6. (of a rate of flow) High, great.
    • Encyclopedia Britannica ↗
      The ovarian response to gonadotropic hormones may be erratic at first, so that irregular or heavy bleeding sometimes occurs
  7. (slang) Armed.
    Come heavy, or not at all.
  8. (music) Louder, more distorted.
    Metal is heavier than swing.
  9. (of weather) Hot and humid.
  10. (of a person) Doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.
    He was a heavy sleeper, a heavy eater and a heavy smoker – certainly not an ideal husband.
  11. (of food) High in fat or protein; difficult to digest.
    Cheese-stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising.
  12. Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      The surf was not heavy, and there was no undertow, so we made shore easily, effecting an equally easy landing.
    it was a heavy storm;  a heavy slumber in bed;  a heavy punch
  13. Laden to a great extent.
    his eyes were heavy with sleep;  she was heavy with child
  14. Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with grief, pain, disappointment, etc.
    • The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, 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 i]:
      A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
    • Seating himselfe within a darkesome cave, / (Such places heavy Saturnists doe crave,) / Where yet the gladsome day was never seene […]
  15. Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid.
    a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, etc.
    a heavy writer or book
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, 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 i]:
      whilst the heavy ploughman snores
    • a heavy, dull, degenerate mind
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Isaiah 59:1 ↗:
      Neither [is] his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
  16. Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey.
    a heavy road; a heavy soil
  17. Not raised or leavened.
    heavy bread
  18. (of wines or spirits) Having much body or strength.
  19. (obsolete) With child; pregnant.
  20. (physics) Containing one or more isotopes that are heavier than the normal one
  21. (petroleum) with high viscosity
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heavy

  1. In a heavy manner; weightily; heavily; gravely.
    heavy laden with their sins
  2. (colloquial, nonstandard) To a great degree; greatly.
  3. (India, colloquial) very
Noun

heavy (plural heavies)

  1. 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. (slang) A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.
    A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it.
  3. (Should we move, merge or split([http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wiktionary%3ARequests+for+moves%2C+mergers+and+splits&action=edit§ion=new&preload=Template:rfm-sense/preload&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bheavy%23rfm-sense-notice-en-%7cheavy%5D%5D +]) this sense?) (aviation) A large multi-engined aircraft. (The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers.)
Translations Translations Verb

heavy (heavies, present participle heavying; past and past participle heavied)

  1. (often with "up") To make heavier.
  2. To sadden.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) 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.
    • 1985, Australian House of Representatives, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, Issue 11, Part 1, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=XBcWAAAAIAAJ&q=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ckZ8T-nXG6vImAWHqNjzCw&redir_esc=y page 1570],
      […] the Prime Minister sought to evade the simple fact that he heavied Mr Reid to get rid of Dr Armstrong.
    • 2001, Finola Moorhead, Darkness More Visible, Spinifex Press, Australia, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=bdGpKEKJBt0C&pg=PA557&dq=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ukp8T_a3CKnumAWc6szxCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 557],
      But he is on the wrong horse, heavying me. My phone′s tapped. Well, he won′t find anything.
    • 2005, David Clune, Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, 1856-2005, Volume 3: 1901-2005, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=v5p9Rdj4s2gC&pg=PA421&dq=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=40J8T-oO0dSYBaHrlO4L&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 421],
      But the next two days of the Conference also produced some very visible lobbying for the succession and apparent heavying of contenders like Brereton, Anderson and Mulock - much of it caught on television.
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈhiːvi/
Adjective

heavy

  1. Having the heaves.
    a heavy horse



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