Meaning of “ponderous” in the English Dictionary

"ponderous" in British English

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ponderousadjective

uk /ˈpɒn.dər.əs/ us /ˈpɑːn.dɚ.əs/ 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 reporting style makes the evening news dull viewing.
ponderously
adverb uk /ˈpɒn.dər.əs.li/ us /ˈpɑːn.dɚ.əs.li/

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

"ponderous" in American English

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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)