heavy ( heavier comparative) ( heaviest superlative) ( heavies plural )
1 adj Something that is heavy weighs a lot., (Antonym: light)
These scissors are awfully heavy..., The mud stuck to her boots, making her feet heavy and her legs tired.
...a sensation of warmth and heaviness in the muscles.
2 adj You use heavy to ask or talk about how much someone or something weighs.
how ADJ, as ADJ as, ADJ-compar than
How heavy are you?..., Protons are nearly 2000 times as heavy as electrons.
3 adj Heavy means great in amount, degree, or intensity.
usu ADJ n
Heavy fighting has been going on..., He worried about her heavy drinking..., The traffic along Fitzjohn's Avenue was heavy.
heavily adv ADV after v, ADV -ed/adj
It has been raining heavily all day.
...the heaviness of the blood loss.
4 adj Someone or something that is heavy is solid in appearance or structure, or is made of a thick material., (Antonym: light)
He was short and heavy...
heavily adv ADV -ed
He was a big man of about forty, wide-shouldered and heavily built.
5 adj A heavy meal is large in amount and often difficult to digest.
(=filling) (Antonym: light)
He had been feeling drowsy, the effect of an unusually heavy meal.
6 adj Something that is heavy with things is full of them or loaded with them.
LITERARY v-link ADJ with n
The air is heavy with moisture...
7 adj If a person's breathing is heavy, it is very loud and deep., (Antonym: light, shallow)
Her breathing became slow and heavy.
heavily adv ADV after v
She sank back on the pillow and closed her eyes, breathing heavily as if asleep.
8 adj A heavy movement or action is done with a lot of force or pressure.
ADJ n (Antonym: gentle)
...a heavy blow on the back of the skull...
heavily adv ADV after v (Antonym: gently)
I sat down heavily on the ground beside the road...
9 adj A heavy machine or piece of military equipment is very large and very powerful.
...government militia backed by tanks and heavy artillery.
10 adj If you describe a period of time or a schedule as heavy, you mean it involves a lot of work.
usu ADJ n
It's been a heavy day and I'm tired...
11 adj Heavy work requires a lot of strength or energy.
usu ADJ n
The business is thriving and Philippa employs two full-timers for the heavy work.
12 adj If you say that something is heavy on another thing, you mean that it uses a lot of that thing or too much of that thing.
v-link ADJ on n
Tanks are heavy on fuel and destructive to roads.
13 adj Air or weather that is heavy is unpleasantly still, hot, and damp.
The outside air was heavy and moist and sultry.
14 adj If your heart is heavy, you are sad about something.
LITERARY, Antonym: light Mr Maddison handed over his resignation letter with a heavy heart.
15 adj A situation that is heavy is serious and difficult to cope with.
I don't want any more of that heavy stuff.
16 n-count A heavy is a large strong man who is employed to protect a person or place, often by using violence.
INFORMAL They had employed heavies to evict shop squatters from neighbouring sites.
to make heavy weather of something
a heavy hand