heav|y1 W1S1 [ˈhevi] adj comparative heavier superlative heaviest
3¦(needing physical effort)¦
4¦(needing mental effort)¦
5 heavy going
6 be heavy on something
7 heavy with something
8 heavy schedule/timetable/day etc
9 heavy breathing
10 make heavy weather of something
12¦(materials/clothes etc)¦
16¦(with force)¦
21 get heavy (with somebody)
22 heavy silence/atmosphere
23 heavy sky/clouds
24 heavy sleeper
25 heavy irony/sarcasm
26 heavy seas
27 with a heavy heart
28 heavy date
[: Old English; Origin: hefig]
1.) ¦(WEIGHT)¦
weighing a lot
≠ ↑light
The wardrobe was too heavy for me to move on my own.
a heavy suitcase
The males are seven times heavier than the females on average.
How heavy is the parcel (=how much does it weigh?) ?
great in amount, degree, or severity
The traffic going into London was very heavy .
Heavy rain has caused flooding in many areas.
Heavy fighting was reported near the border.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can damage your baby.
I used to be a heavy smoker .
the heavy burden of taxation
If found guilty, they face heavy fines or even prison.
There were heavy casualties on both sides.
England's heavy defeat in yesterday's match
She's in bed with a heavy cold .
the film's heavy use of special effects
needing a lot of physical strength and effort
My son does most of the heavy outdoor work .
She has a bad back and can't do any heavy lifting .
not easy or entertaining and needing a lot of mental effort
I want something to read on holiday - nothing too heavy.
5.) heavy going
difficult to understand or deal with
I found his latest novel a bit heavy going .
6.) be heavy on sth informal
to use a lot or too much of something
The car's rather heavy on oil.
7.) heavy with sth
literary full of something
The apple trees were heavy with fruit.
The garden was heavy with the scent of summer.
'Of course,' she said, her voice heavy with sarcasm.
8.) heavy schedule/timetable/day etc
a time in which you have a lot to do
Let's go to bed. We've got a heavy day tomorrow.
9.) heavy breathing
breathing that is slow and loud
10.) make heavy weather of sth
BrE to make something that you are doing seem more difficult or complicated than it really is - used to show disapproval
Why does he need to make such heavy weather of a simple task?
11.) ¦(WEAPONS/MACHINES)¦ [only before noun]
large and powerful
tanks and other heavy weapons
heavy artillery (=large powerful guns)
a company which manufactures heavy machinery
heavy materials, clothes, shoes, or objects are thick or solidly made
a heavy winter coat
the sound of heavy boots
Melt the butter in a heavy pan over a medium heat.
heavy velvet curtains
13.) ¦(FOOD)¦
solid and making your stomach feel full and uncomfortable
≠ ↑light
a heavy meal
heavy fruitcake
14.) ¦(EYES)¦
if your eyes are heavy, it is difficult to keep them open, usually because you are tired
His eyes felt heavy with fatigue.
15.) ¦(BODY/FACE)¦
a) large, broad, and solid
his heavy features
Kyle is a tall man with a heavy build (=a large broad body) .
b) AmE used to politely describe someone who is fat
= ↑large
16.) ¦(WITH FORCE)¦
hitting something or falling with a lot of force or weight
the sound of heavy footsteps in the hall
Ali caught him with a heavy blow to the jaw.
17.) ¦(GROUND)¦
a) soil that is heavy is thick and solid
b) a sports ground or race track that is heavy is muddy
a very heavy pitch
The going was heavy (=it was muddy for the horse races) at Cheltenham yesterday.
18.) ¦(SMELL)¦
strong and usually sweet
heavy scent/perfume etc
the heavy scent of the lilies
19.) ¦(AIR)¦
too warm and not at all fresh because there is no wind
Even at dusk the air was still heavy.
20.)¦(EMOTIONS)¦ informal
a relationship or situation that is heavy involves serious or strong feelings
She didn't want things to get too heavy at such an early stage in their relationship.
21.) get heavy (with sb) informal to start behaving in a threatening or strict way
He came round and started getting heavy about the money I owed him.
22.) heavy silence/atmosphere
a situation in which people do not speak and feel sad, anxious, or embarrassed
A heavy silence fell upon the room.
23.) heavy sky/clouds
clouds that look dark and grey as though it will soon rain
24.) heavy sleeper
someone who does not wake easily
25.) heavy irony/sarcasm
remarks that very clearly say the opposite of what you really feel
26.) heavy seas
sea with big waves
The ship went down in heavy seas off the coast of Scotland.
27.) with a heavy heart
literary feeling very sad
It was with a heavy heart that Kate said goodbye.
28.) heavy date
AmE a very important ↑date (=an occasion when you meet someone you like in a romantic way) with a ↑boyfriend or ↑girlfriend - usually used humorously
>heaviness n [U]
COLLOCATES for sense 2
heavy traffic
heavy rain/snow
heavy fighting
heavy drinking also heavy drinker
heavy smoking also heavy smoker
heavy burden/demands/pressure
heavy fine
heavy casualties (=a lot of deaths or injuries)
heavy losses
heavy defeat
heavy cold
heavy use of something
heavy 2
heavy2 adv
1.) time hangs/lies heavy on your hands
if time hangs or lies heavy on your hands, it seems to pass slowly because you are bored or have nothing to do
2.) be heavy into sth
AmE spoken informal to be very involved in an activity, especially one that is not good for you
Eric was real heavy into drugs for a while.
heavy 3
heavy3 plural heavies
informal a large strong man who is paid to protect someone or to threaten other people

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