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"ponderous" in British English

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ponderousadjective

uk   /ˈpɒn.dər.əs/  us   /ˈpɑːn.dɚ-/ formal mainly disapproving
slow and ​awkward because of being very ​heavy or ​large: He had a ​slow and ponderous ​manner. If a ​book, ​speech, or ​style of writing or ​speaking is ponderous, it is ​boring because it is too ​slow, ​long, or ​serious: The ponderous ​reportingstyle makes the ​eveningnewsdullviewing.
ponderously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of ponderous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ponderousadjective

 us   /ˈpɑn·dər·əs/
slow and ​awkward because of being very ​heavy or ​large, or (esp. of ​speech or writing) ​boring and ​difficult: a ponderous ​pace ponderous ​dialogue
(Definition of ponderous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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