1. Heaved or lifted with labour; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a heavy stone; hence, sometimes, large in extent, quantity, or effects; as, a heavy fall of rain or snow; a heavy failure; heavy business transactions, etc.; often implying strength; as, a heavy barrier; also, difficult to move; as, a heavy draught.
2. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive; hard to endure or accomplish; hence, grievous, afflictive; as, heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc. "The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod." (1 Sam. V. 6) "The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make." (Shak) "Sent hither to impart the heavy news." (Wordsworth) "Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence." (Shak)
3. Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with care, grief, pain, disappointment. "The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were." (Chapman) "A light wife doth make a heavy husband." (Shak)
4. Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid; as, a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, and the like; a heavy writer or book. "Whilst the heavy plowman snores." (Shak) "Of a heavy, dull, degenerate mind." (Dryden) "Neither [is] his ear heavy, that it can not hear." (Is. Lix. 1)
Origin: OE. Hevi, AS. Hefig, fr. Hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. Hebig, hevig, Icel. Hofigr, hofugr. See Heave.
(01 Mar 1998)
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