(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. of comparatively great physical weight or density

- a heavy load

- lead is a heavy metal

- heavy mahogany furniture

Similar word(s): dense, doughy, soggy, hefty, massive, ponderous

2. unusually great in degree or quantity or number

- heavy taxes

- a heavy fine

- heavy casualties

Similar word(s): harsh

3. 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

4. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness

- a heavy heart

- a heavy schedule

- heavy news

Similar word(s): burdensome, onerous, taxing, distressful, distressing, disturbing, perturbing, troubling, worrisome, worrying, leaden, weighted, oppressive, weighty

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

Similar word(s): fat, fleshy, overweight

6. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

- the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated

Similar word(s): compact, clayey, cloggy

7. darkened by clouds

- a heavy sky

Similar word(s): cloudy, lowering, sullen, threatening

8. of great intensity or power or force

- a heavy blow

- the fighting was heavy

- heavy seas

Similar word(s): big

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

- heavy hydrogen

- heavy water

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

- Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'

Similar word(s): wicked

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

- heavy fog

Similar word(s): thick, dense, impenetrable

12. of relatively large extent and density

- a heavy line

Similar word(s): thick

13. made of fabric having considerable thickness

- a heavy coat

Similar word(s): thick

14. prodigious

- heavy investor

Similar word(s): intemperate, big

15. full and loud and deep

- heavy sounds

Similar word(s): full, sonorous

16. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

Similar word(s): indulgent, hard, intemperate

17. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

- heavy matters of state

Similar word(s): important, grave, grievous, weighty

18. slow and laborious because of weight

- the heavy tread of tired troops

Similar word(s): lumbering, ponderous

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

- a heavy truck

- heavy machinery

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

- a heavy pudding

Similar word(s): indigestible

21. sharply inclined

- a heavy grade

Similar word(s): steep

22. full of; bearing great weight

- trees heavy with fruit

Similar word(s): full

23. requiring or showing effort

- heavy breathing

Similar word(s): effortful, labored, laboured

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

- heavy work

- heavy going

Similar word(s): effortful, arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome

25. lacking lightness or liveliness

- heavy humor

Similar word(s): dull, leaden

26. (of sleep) deep and complete

- a heavy sleep

Similar word(s): deep, profound, sound, wakeless

27. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Similar word(s): pregnant, big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, large

Sentences with heavy as an adjective:

- heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc.

- This film is heavy.

- The Moody Blues are, like, heavy.

- Come heavy, or not at all.

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

- Cheese-stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising.

- it was a heavy storm;

- his eyes were heavy with sleep;

- a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, etc.

- a heavy writer or book

- a heavy road; a heavy soil

- heavy bread

- a heavy horse


1. slowly as if burdened by much weight

- time hung heavy on their hands

Similar word(s): heavily

Sentences with heavy as an adverb:

- heavy laden with their sins


1. an actor who plays villainous roles

Definition categories: person, actor, histrion, player, thespian

2. a serious (or tragic) role in a play

Definition categories: thought, character, part, persona, role

Sentences with heavy as a noun:

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

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


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.