1. graded adjective & adjective Something that is heavy weighs a lot. ⇒ These scissors are awfully heavy. ⇒ Gosh, that was a heavy bag! ⇒ The mud stuck to her boots, making her feet heavy and her legs tired. heaviness
uncountable noun ⇒ ...a sensation of warmth and heaviness in the muscles. 2. graded adjective & adjective [as ADJ as] You use heavy to ask or talk about how much someone or something weighs. ⇒ How heavy are you? ⇒ Protons are nearly 2000 times as heavy as electrons. 3. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] Heavy means great in amount, degree, or intensity. ⇒ Heavy fighting has been going on. ⇒ The State fails to recognize the heavy responsibility that parents take on. ⇒ He worried about her heavy drinking. ⇒ ...lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines. ⇒ The traffic along Fitzjohn's Avenue was heavy. heavily
graded adverb & adverb [ADV after v, ADV -ed/adj] ⇒ It has been raining heavily all day. ⇒ ...groups of riot police and heavily armed members of a special anti-robbery squad. heaviness
uncountable noun ⇒ ...the heaviness of the blood loss. 4. graded adjective & adjective Someone or something that is heavy is solid in appearance or structure, or is made of a thick material. ⇒ We talk in her Belgrade flat, full of heavy old brown furniture. ⇒ He was short and heavy. ⇒ Put the sugar and water in a heavy pan and heat slowly. ⇒ ...a heavy cream silk blouse. heavily
graded adverb & adverb [ADV -ed] ⇒ He was a big man of about forty, wide-shouldered and heavily built. 5. graded adjective [usu ADJ n] A heavy substance is thick in texture. OPPOSITE: light ⇒ It is advisable to mix coarse grit into heavy soil to improve drainage. ⇒ ...11 million gallons of heavy crude oil. 6. graded adjective & adjective A heavy meal is large in amount and often difficult to digest. ⇒ He had been feeling drowsy, the effect of an unusually heavy meal. 7. graded adjective & adjective [v-link ADJ with n] Something that is heavy with things is full of them or loaded with them. [literary] ⇒ The air is heavy with moisture. ⇒ She brought in a tray heavy with elegant sandwiches, scones and cakes. 8. graded adjective & adjective If a person's breathing is heavy, it is very loud and deep. ⇒ Her breathing became slow and heavy. heavily
graded adverb & adverb [ADV after v] ⇒ She sank back on the pillow and closed her eyes, breathing heavily as if asleep. 9. graded adjective & adjective [ADJ n]
A heavy movement or action is done with a lot of force or pressure. ⇒ ...a heavy blow on the back of the skull. ⇒ The plane made a heavy landing.
graded adverb & adverb [ADV after v] ⇒ I sat down heavily on the ground beside the road. ⇒ A man stumbled heavily against the side of the car. 10. adjective [ADJ n]
A heavy machine or piece of military equipment is very large and very powerful. ⇒ ...government militia backed by tanks and heavy artillery. ⇒ ...armoured personnel carriers and other heavy vehicles.
11. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] If you describe a period of time or a schedule as heavy, you mean it involves a lot of work. ⇒ It's been a heavy day and I'm tired. ⇒ Hopefully, Max would be able to spend a few days with them, depending on his heavy schedule. 12. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] Heavy work requires a lot of strength or energy. ⇒ The business is thriving and Philippa employs two full-timers for the heavy work. 13. graded adjective & adjective If you say that something is heavy on another thing, you mean that it uses a lot of that thing or too much of that thing. [+ on] ⇒ Tanks are heavy on fuel and destructive to roads. ⇒ ...Linda, a platinum blonde, heavy on the lipstick. ⇒ ...salads heavy on carrots. 14. graded adjective & adjective Air or weather that is heavy is unpleasantly still, hot, and damp. ⇒ The outside air was heavy and moist and sultry. 15. graded adjective If you describe a person's face as heavy, you mean that it looks sad, tired, or unfriendly. [literary] ⇒ Many of them were policemen, with their heavy faces and cropped hair. 16. graded adjective & adjective If your heart is heavy, you are sad about something. [literary] ⇒ Mr Maddison handed over his resignation letter with a heavy heart. 17. graded adjective & adjective A situation that is heavy is serious and difficult to cope with. [informal] ⇒ I don't want any more of that heavy stuff. 18. countable noun
A heavy is a large strong man who is employed to protect a person or place, often by using violence. [informal] ⇒ They had employed heavies to evict shop squatters from neighbouring sites.
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