heavily

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•i•ly  (hevə lē),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. with a great weight or burden:a heavily loaded wagon.
  2. in a manner suggestive of carrying a great weight;
    ponderously;
    lumberingly:He walked heavily across the room.
  3. in an oppressive manner:Cares weigh heavily upon him.
  4. severely;
    greatly;
    intensely:to suffer heavily.
  5. densely;
    thickly:heavily wooded.
  6. in large amounts or in great quantities;
    very much:It rained heavily on Tuesday.
  7. without animation or vigor;
    in a dull manner;
    sluggishly.
  • Middle English hevyly, Old English hefiglīce. See heavy, -ly bef. 900

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•y /ˈhɛvi/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -i•er, -i•est, n., pl.  heav•ies. 
adj. 
  1. of great weight; hard to lift or carry:a heavy load.
  2. of great amount, quantity, or size:a heavy vote.
  3. of great force, strength, or intensity:[often: before a noun]The ship plowed through the heavy seas.
  4. of more than the usual or average weight:He had a heavy build.
  5. grave;
    serious:a heavy punishment.
  6. deep;
    profound:a heavy sleep.
  7. Military[before a noun]
    • armed with weapons of large size:a heavy cruiser.
    • (of guns) of the more powerful sizes:heavy artillery.
  8. having a large size or output:heavy machinery.
  9. producing or working with basic materials, as steel or coal, used in manufacturing:heavy industry such as steelmaking.
  10. burdensome;
    oppressive:heavy taxes.
  11. busy:a heavy schedule.
  12. being (the noun referred to) to an unusual degree:a heavy drinker (= a drinker who drinks to an unusual degree).
  13. thick;
    dense:heavy cream.
  14. full of;
    weighted or laden;
    loaded with:[be + ~]words that are heavy with meaning.
  15. depressed with trouble or sorrow;
    sad:a heavy heart.
  16. without excitement, spark, or interest;
    ponderous;
    dull:a heavy style of writing.
  17. slow in movement or action;
    clumsy:a heavy walk.
  18. loud and deep;
    sonorous:heavy breathing.
  19. overcast;
    threatening rain:The sky is heavy and gray today.
  20. (of food) not easily digested:a heavy meal.
  21. [Informal.]possessing or using in large quantities:[be + ~]She was a bit heavy on the makeup.
  22. Slang Terms
    • very serious or important.

n. [countable]
  1. Show Business
    • Show Businessa villainous character or role in a drama:the scene where the heavy threatens the good guy's girlfriend.
  2. Slang Terms
    • heavyweight (def. 6).
    • a person employed to use force;
      thug.
heav•i•ly /ˈhɛvəli/USA pronunciation  adv. 
heav•i•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•y  (hevē),USA pronunciation adj.,  heav•i•er, heav•i•est, n., pl.  heav•ies, adv. 
adj. 
  1. of great weight;
    hard to lift or carry:a heavy load.
  2. of great amount, quantity, or size;
    extremely large;
    massive:a heavy vote; a heavy snowfall.
  3. of great force, intensity, turbulence, etc.:a heavy sea.
  4. of more than the usual or average weight:a heavy person; heavy freight.
  5. Physicshaving much weight in proportion to bulk;
    being of high specific gravity:a heavy metal.
  6. of major import;
    grave;
    serious:a heavy offense.
  7. deep or intense;
    profound:a heavy thinker; heavy slumber.
  8. Military
    • thickly armed or equipped with guns of large size. Cf. heavy cruiser.
    • (of guns) of the more powerful sizes:heavy weapons.Cf. heavy artillery.
  9. hard to bear;
    burdensome;
    harsh;
    oppressive:heavy taxes.
  10. hard to cope with;
    trying;
    difficult:a heavy task.
  11. being as indicated to an unusually great degree:a heavy buyer.
  12. broad, thick, or coarse;
    not delicate:heavy lines drawn in charcoal.
  13. weighted or laden:air heavy with moisture.
  14. fraught;
    loaded;
    charged:words heavy with meaning.
  15. depressed with trouble or sorrow;
    showing sorrow;
    sad:a heavy heart.
  16. without vivacity or interest;
    ponderous;
    dull:a heavy style.
  17. slow in movement or action;
    clumsy:a heavy walk.
  18. loud and deep;
    sonorous:a heavy sound.
  19. (of the sky) overcast or cloudy.
  20. exceptionally dense in substance;
    insufficiently raised or leavened;
    thick:heavy doughnuts.
  21. (of food) not easily digested.
  22. Medicinebeing in a state of advanced pregnancy;
    nearing childbirth:heavy with child; heavy with young.
  23. having a large capacity, capable of doing rough work, or having a large output:a heavy truck.
  24. producing or refining basic materials, as steel or coal, used in manufacturing:heavy industry.
  25. sober, serious, or somber:a heavy part in a drama.
  26. Chemistryof or pertaining to an isotope of greater than normal atomic weight, as heavy hydrogen or heavy oxygen, or to a compound containing such an element, as heavy water.
  27. Slang Terms
    • very good;
      excellent.
    • very serious or important:a really heavy relationship.
  28. Poetry[Pros.](of a syllable)
    • stressed.
    • long.

n. 
  1. Show Businessa somber or ennobled theatrical role or character:Iago is the heavy inOthello.
  2. Show Businessthe theatrical role of a villain.
  3. Show Businessan actor who plays a theatrical heavy.
  4. Militarya gun of great weight or large caliber.
  5. Slang Termsa very important or influential person:a reception for government heavies.

adv. 
  1. heavily.
heavi•ness, n. 
  • Middle English hevi, Old English hefig, equivalent. to hef(e) weight (akin to heave) + -ig -y1 bef. 900
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ponderous, massive, weighty.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dense.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged onerous, grievous, cumbersome;
      difficult, severe.
    • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Heavy, momentous, weighty refer to anything having a considerable amount of figurative weight.
      Heavy suggests the carrying of a figurative burden:words heavy with menace.Momentous emphasizes the idea of great and usually serious consequences:a momentous occasion, statement.Weighty, seldom used literally, refers to something heavy with importance, often concerned with public affairs, which may require deliberation and careful judgment:a weighty matter, problem.
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gloomy, mournful, dejected, despondent, downcast, downhearted.
    • 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tedious, tiresome, wearisome, burdensome, boring.
    • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sluggish, lumbering.
    • 19.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lowering, gloomy.

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