heav|y1 [ `hevi ] adjective ***
▸ 1 with a lot of weight
▸ 2 many things
▸ 3 with physical effort
▸ 4 showing anger
▸ 5 smell: sweet & strong
▸ 6 not attractive
▸ 7 with a lot of force etc.
▸ 8 uncomfortable or tired
▸ 9 very severe
▸ 10 serious/difficult
▸ 11 noise: deep and low
▸ 12 warm and unpleasant
▸ 13 ocean: big waves
▸ 14 food: too solid
▸ 15 ground: wet
▸ 16 sad feeling
1. ) a heavy object weighs a lot:
She was struggling with a heavy suitcase.
Careful, that box is pretty heavy.
You should soon be able to train with the heavier weights.
a big heavy door
too heavy: He was a big man, too heavy for the nurses to lift.
a ) heavy clothes, shoes, or materials are thick and strong:
a heavy black overcoat
heavy silk curtains
b ) used when talking about how much someone or something weighs:
The box was heavier than I'd expected.
how heavy?: How heavy is the parcel?
c ) heavy machines, vehicles, or weapons are large and powerful:
Do not operate any heavy machinery while taking these medicines.
─ opposite LIGHT
2. ) used for saying that there is a lot of something:
Traffic is particularly heavy on the interstate tonight.
He had a very heavy workload.
The school places a heavy emphasis on children's musical development.
heavy rain/snow: Weather conditions were appalling, with heavy rain and strong winds.
heavy reliance on: Her book shows a heavy reliance on the work of Dr. Winston.
a ) used for saying that something involves a lot of people, things, or money:
heavy casualties: The conflict caused heavy casualties on both sides.
heavy losses: The company's heavy losses will lead to many redundancies.
b ) heavy smoker/drinker someone who smokes a lot, or who drinks a lot of alcohol
c ) INFORMAL using or containing a lot of something:
heavy on: The main course was very heavy on the garlic.
d ) MAINLY LITERARY containing a lot of something:
heavy with: Her voice was heavy with sarcasm.
The air was heavy with all the scents of summer.
3. ) involving a lot of physical effort:
They did most of the heavy work in the cool of the morning.
The steering on this car is much heavier than on the other one.
─ opposite LIGHT
4. ) a heavy silence is not comfortable because there is a feeling of anger between people
5. ) a heavy smell is sweet and strong
6. ) used about things that look ugly because they are big:
heavy features (=large mouth, eyes, and nose): He was a tall dark man, with heavy features.
a ) used about a way of moving that is slow and not graceful:
He broke into a heavy loping run.
7. ) using a lot of bombs, guns, or other weapons:
Industrial areas came under heavy bombardment.
reports of heavy air strikes on the capital
heavy fighting: Heavy fighting erupted yesterday.
a ) a heavy BLOW is done with a lot of physical force:
He received a heavy blow to the head.
b ) involving a strong force, especially in a downward direction:
heavy footsteps/tread: She could hear Bill's heavy footsteps upstairs.
heavy fall: Her father's had a heavy fall.
heavy sigh: His mother gave a heavy sigh of disapproval.
8. ) if a part of your body feels heavy, it is not comfortable and you cannot move it easily:
His legs felt as heavy as concrete.
a ) if your eyes look heavy, they have a sad or tired expression
9. ) very severe:
She's paid a heavy price for her stupidity.
heavy cold: He's got a heavy cold and is feeling terrible.
heavy load/burden/responsibility etc: Her sadness was a heavy burden for him to bear.
10. ) INFORMAL serious and difficult:
I found his new book a bit heavy.
Her speech was heavy stuff, with references to philosophy and psychology.
a ) a heavy situation or relationship is serious and often not enjoyable:
She felt their relationship was getting too heavy.
We don't want any heavy stuff (=anything serious or complicated).
b ) heavy date HUMOROUS an important date with a girlfriend or boyfriend
c ) heavy going something that is heavy going is difficult to achieve or understand:
It was heavy going keeping him interested.
d ) make heavy weather of something to make a situation or job more difficult than it really is
e ) INFORMAL serious and threatening:
Things were getting a little heavy, so I quickly left.
11. ) a heavy noise is deep and low:
There was a heavy thud as his body hit the floor.
12. ) if the air is heavy, it is warm in a sticky unpleasant way, especially before rain or a storm
a ) MAINLY LITERARY if the sky is heavy, or the clouds are heavy, the sky is dark and it looks as though it will rain
13. ) MAINLY LITERARY a heavy ocean is rough with big waves:
The ship went down in heavy sailing conditions off the coast of Norway.
14. ) food that is heavy is solid and not enjoyable
a ) a heavy meal is a little too large and you seem to feel it in your stomach for a long time after you have eaten it
─ opposite LIGHT
15. ) ground that is heavy is wet and MUDDY, so it is difficult to walk or travel over it
a ) heavy soil sticks together and is difficult to dig into
─ opposite LIGHT
16. ) MAINLY LITERARY if your heart is heavy, you feel sad:
He went away with a heavy heart.
heavy with blossom MAINLY LITERARY
a tree that is heavy with blossom is covered with flowers
heavy with child
an old way of saying that a woman is pregnant and her baby will be born soon
heav|y2 [ `hevi ] noun count INFORMAL
1. ) a large strong man whose job is to protect someone
a ) a large strong man who is paid to persuade someone to do something by using violence or threats
2. ) an important or powerful person
3. ) usually plural a serious newspaper: BROADSHEET
heav|y3 [ `hevi ] adverb
be/lie/weigh heavy on LITERARY
to make you feel continuously worried or uncomfortable:
Guilt lay heavy on his shoulders.
time lies/hangs heavy on your hands LITERARY
used for saying that time passes slowly, so that you feel bored and impatient

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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