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English definition of “ponderous”


adjective     /ˈpɒndərəs/
BORING Ponderous speech or writing is boring or too serious.Tedious and uninspiringLacking humour
SLOW slow because of being very heavy or largeSlow and moving slowly
ponderously adverb
(Definition of ponderous adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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