Meaning of “heavy” in the English Dictionary

"heavy" in British English

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uk /ˈhev.i/ us /ˈhev.i/

heavy adjective (WEIGHING A LOT)

A2 weighing a lot, and needing effort to move or lift:

heavy equipment
heavy work/lifting
How heavy is that box? (= How much does it weigh?)

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heavy adjective (TO A GREAT DEGREE)

B1 (especially of something unpleasant) of very or especially great force, amount, or degree:

a heavy blow to the head
heavy fighting
heavy traffic
heavy rain/snow
a heavy smoker/drinker
a heavy sleeper
heavy seas

sea that is rough with large waves

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heavy adjective (UNPLEASANT)

old-fashioned slang used to describe something such as a situation that is dangerous or unpleasant:

Then the police arrived and things got really heavy.

heavynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhev.i/ us /ˈhev.i/ slang

(Definition of “heavy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heavy" in American English

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heavyadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /ˈhev·i/

heavy adjective [ -er/-est only ] (WEIGHING A LOT)

weighing a lot:

The piano’s much too heavy for one person to lift.
Bob’s much heavier than the last time I saw him.

heavy adjective [ -er/-est only ] (SOLID)

thick, strong, solid, or looking that way:

heavy clouds
heavy cream
It’s too hot today for a heavy meal (= a large, cooked meal that is hard to digest).

heavy adjective [ -er/-est only ] (GREAT DEGREE)

of great amount, or degree, or force:

heavy snow/rain/fog
heavy traffic
a heavy workload
a heavy sleeper
heavy fighting

(Definition of “heavy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"heavy" in Business English

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uk /ˈhevi/ us

larger in number or amount than usual:

heavy taxes/fines/subsidies Those found to be violating the law could face heavy fines.
Salaries and bonuses of directors have been cut by a third after heavy criticism of 'fat-cat' payments.
There are worries that the dollar will come under heavy pressure later in the year.
a heavy burden/debt/loss

involving a lot of work and effort:

heavy on sth

having a lot of something:

Some faculty members have criticized the board as too heavy on business people and too light on educational experience.
pay a heavy price (for sth)

to be in a very difficult situation because of a mistake or bad decision that has been made:

If we reject the deal, we will pay a heavy price in terms of trade, jobs, and investment.

(Definition of “heavy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)