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Heavy appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Heavy boxes perform quick waltzes and jigs. (36 letters)
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective heavy:


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The word heavy is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective heavy

What does heavy mean as an attribute of a noun?

Heavy is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more heavy / heavier | most heavy / heaviest

  1. of comparatively great physical weight or density
  2. unusually great in degree or quantity or number
    • examples: heavy taxes | a heavy fine | heavy casualties | heavy losses | heavy rain | heavy traffic
    • antonym: light
    • similar: harsh
  3. of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment
    • examples: 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
    • antonym: light
  4. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness
  5. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it
  6. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained
    • example: the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated
    • synonyms of heavy: clayey / cloggy
    • similar: compact
  7. darkened by clouds
  8. of great intensity or power or force
    • examples: a heavy blow | the fighting was heavy | heavy seas
    • antonym: light
    • similar: big
  9. (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight
  10. (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
    • example: Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'
    • similar: wicked
  11. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
  12. of relatively large extent and density
    • example: a heavy line
    • similar: thick
  13. made of fabric having considerable thickness
    • example: a heavy coat
    • similar: thick
  14. prodigious
    • example: heavy investor
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of heavy: big
    • similar: intemperate
  15. full and loud and deep
    • example: heavy sounds
    • synonym of heavy: sonorous
    • similar: full
  16. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
  17. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
  18. slow and laborious because of weight
  19. large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work
    • examples: a heavy truck | heavy machinery
    • similar: heavy-duty
  20. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal
  21. sharply inclined
    • example: a heavy grade
    • similar: steep
  22. full of; bearing great weight
  23. requiring or showing effort
  24. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
  25. lacking lightness or liveliness
    • example: heavy humor
    • synonym of heavy: leaden
    • similar: dull
  26. (of sleep) deep and complete
  27. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Alternative definition of the adjective heavy


  1. [context: of a physical object] Having great weight.
  2. [context: of a topic] Serious, somber.
  3. [British, slang] good.
  4. [dated, late 1960s, 1970s, US] Profound.
  5. [context: of a rate of flow] High, great.
  6. [slang] armed.
  7. [context: Music terminology] louder, more distorted
  8. [context: of weather] hot and humid
  9. [context: of a person] doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.
  10. [context: of food] high in fat or protein; difficult to digest.
  11. Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense;
  12. laden to a great extent.

Definition of the adverb heavy

What does heavy mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. slowly as if burdened by much weight
    • example: time hung heavy on their hands
    • synonym of heavy: heavily

Alternative definition of the adverb heavy


  1. [India, colloquial] very

Definition of the noun heavy

What does heavy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: heavies

  1. an actor who plays villainous roles
  2. a serious (or tragic) role in a play

Alternative definition of the noun heavy


  1. A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts.
  2. [slang] A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.
  3. [aviation] A large multi-engined aircraft.

Definition of the verb heavy

What does heavy mean as a doing word?


  1. [Australia, New Zealand] To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations.


  1. "Heavy" is a 1995 independent American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Liv Tyler, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Shelley Winters, and Deborah Harry. The plot focuses on an unhappy overweight cook and the changes which are brought into his life after an enchanting college drop-out begins working as a waitress at his and his mother's roadside tavern. The film explores themes of loneliness, false hope, unrequited love, and the problematic nature of self worth.
  2. "Heavy" is a short film, directed by Kim Noonan.
  3. "Heavy" a.k.a. "느린 여름" is a short film.


  1. "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.
  2. "Heavy" is the seventh album by rapper, Heavy D, The album was released on June 15, 1999 for Uptown Records and was produced by Heavy D, Tony Dofat, Erick Sermon, and The Ummah. The album was a mild success, making it to #60 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It is Heavy D's lowest selling album to date at a little over 500,000 units sold. Guests on the album include Cee-Lo, Q-Tip, Chico DeBarge, Big Pun and Eightball.
  3. "Heavy" a.k.a. "Heavy!!!" is an album by American jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin featuring performances recorded in 1966 for the Prestige label.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (48 years ago)
  4. "Heavy" is a song by American post-grunge band Collective Soul. It is the second single from their fourth album Dosage. It was the last of the band's seven number ones on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, as well as their most successful, staying atop the chart for fifteen weeks. It was also their last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 73. It was featured as one of two songs in NHL 2001. The song was also featured on NASCAR on NBC intro in 2003. An instrumental version is played in the 2014 Golden Corral ad.
  5. "Heavy" was Swollen Members' fourth full length release on Battleaxe Records. Many regard it as their most mainstream-sounding release to date, and a strong negative reaction to direction the album took from the group's core fan base resulted in them discontinuing shipments of the album after its initial release. Guest appearances include Abstract Rude and Son Doobie, and album artwork was drawn by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, who had directed one of their music videos.
  6. "Heavy" is a 2009 album by Jochen Distelmeyer.
    • also known as Heavy (Bonus Track Edition)
    • released on (5 years ago)
    • award: - Echo Award for Critic's Choice nomination for Jochen Distelmeyer
  7. "Heavy" is a composition.
  8. "Heavy" a.k.a. "Ethel: Heavy" is a musical album of Ethel.
  9. "Heavy" is a musical single of Kaiser Chiefs.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  10. "Heavy" is a musical single of Crookers.
    • released on
  11. "Heavy" is a musical single of Lauri Ylönen.
    • released on
  12. "Heavy" a.k.a. "↓ → Heavy" is a musical album of Descendants of Erdrick.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  13. "Heavy" is a musical album of The Stylistics.
    • released in (41 years ago)
  14. "Heavy" is a musical album of OJM.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  15. "Heavy" is a musical EP of Daniel Menche.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  16. "Heavy" is a musical album of RDB.
  17. "Heavy" is a composition.


  1. Heavy a.k.a. God Lives Underwater was an industrial rock band from rural Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, formed in 1993 by band members David Reilly and Jeff Turzo. God Lives Underwater was originally signed to American Recordings after being discovered by Rick Rubin, who subsequently produced the band's first two albums. Prior to the band's breakup, there were two other members, Andrew McGee and Adam Kary.
  2. Heavy is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like heavy!!!, Top Heavy, top-heavy, Heavy Glow, Heavy Jack, Heavy Lord, Heavy Mojo, Heavy Ride, Delta Heavy, Dry & Heavy, Heavy Bones, Heavy Hands, Heavy Heart, Heavy Jelly, Heavy Times, Heavy Trash, The Heavy's, Heavy Chains, Heavy Mellow.


Heavy is a record label, defunct organization.


  1. Heavy: A’s docudrama HEAVY™ follows twenty-two individuals facing extreme life-threatening health consequences as a result of their obesity. The one-hour series follows two participants per episode documenting their incredible transformations during a six month treatment program.
    • begun on and completed on (4 years ago)
    • 12 episodes of 60 minutes each
    • country: United States of America
    • genres: Documentary film, Reality television, Special Interest
    • official website:
  2. Heavy: The term Heavy is applied to all radio transmissions with air traffic control from aircraft capable of takeoff weights of 300,000 pounds or more. Aircraft capable of takeoff weights more than 41,000 pounds and less than 300,000 pounds are considered Large.
  3. Heavy is the first single of Lauri Ylönen from his first solo album New World. The world premiere of the song was on 26 February 2011 with a digital release on 25 February.

Phrases with Heavy

  1. Heavy Ion
  2. heavy rain
  3. Heavy Sink
  4. heavy spar
  5. Heavy Tail
  6. heavy-duty
  7. heavy cream
  8. heavy metal
  9. Heavy Sedge
  10. heavy swell
  11. heavy water
  12. heavy-armed
  13. heavy-laden
  14. heavy hitter
  15. Heavy Macoma
  16. Heavy Pigtoe
  17. Heavy Roller
  18. heavy weapon
  19. heavy-coated
  20. top-heavy

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Heavy

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Google previewThe natural method of teaching the elements of grammar, for the nursery and infant schools (1851)

by Robert Pemberton (F.R.S.L.)

Heavy is an adjective.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

HEAVILY, HEAVINESS: see under HEAVY. HEAVY, a. hév't [AS. lwfig; Icel. hqfugr, heavy—from Icelv hqfia, to heave]: weighty; ponderous; laborious; dejected; depressed; dark; drowsy; not light or spongy; large; abundant; indigestible; dull or ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music (2009)

by William Phillips, Brian Cogan

HEAVY METAL MUSIC: AN INTRODUCTION As the early blues rock groups grew in volume with the emergence of bigger, more powerful amplifiers by makers like Marshall and other companies, drummers moved from playing basic blues ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2012)

by James E. Hoare

heavy industry was regarded as the key element in state planning and the measure of its success. Kim Il Sung looked for inspiration to the only real model ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

HERP HET HF HFDF HFRB HH HHD hazardous air traffic report hazardous cargo hazardous materials heavy boat heavy brigade combat team head of contracting authority; humanitarian and civic assistance hostile casualty hydrochloride ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Heavy D And The Boyz Self-proclaimed 'overweight lover of rap from money earnin' Mount Vernon', ...

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Quotes about Heavy

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. (Christopher Morley)
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Scrabble value of H4E1A1V4Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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