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English definition of “heavy”

heavy

adjective
 
 
/ˈhevi/
WEIGHING A LOT A2 Heavy objects weigh a lot: heavy bags heavy machinery/equipmentThick, dense and heavy
HOW MUCH A2 used to say how much someone or something weighs: How heavy are you? Oxygen is sixteen times heavier than hydrogen.Thick, dense and heavy
A LOT B1 large in amount or degree: heavy traffic heavy costsLarge in number or quantityGeneral words for size and amount
a heavy drinker/smoker someone who drinks/smokes a lotDrinking alcoholTobacco and smoking
heavy snow/rain an occasion when a lot of snow/rain fallsDescribing bad weather
FORCE using a lot of force: a heavy blow heavy breathingPhysically strong and powerfulPower and intensityEnergy, force and powerViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
SERIOUS informal serious: The discussion got a bit too heavy.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
heavy going mainly UK too serious or difficult: I found the book very heavy going.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of heavy from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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