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heav·y / ˈhevē/ • adj. (heav·i·er , heav·i·est ) 1. of great weight; difficult to lift or move: the pan was too heavy for me to carry. ∎  used in questions about weight: how heavy is it? ∎  (of a class of thing) above the average weight; large of its kind: heavy artillery. ∎  weighed down; full of something: branches heavy with blossoms. ∎  (of a person's head or eyes) feeling weighed down by weariness: a heavy head. ∎  Physics of or containing atoms of an isotope of greater than the usual mass. See also heavy water. 2. of great density; thick or substantial: heavy gray clouds a heavy blanket. ∎  (of food or a meal) hard to digest; too filling. ∎  (of ground or soil) hard to travel over or work with because muddy or full of clay. ∎  not delicate or graceful; coarse: he had a big mustache and heavy features. ∎  moving slowly or with difficulty: steering that is heavy when parking. ∎  (of a smell) overpowering: the air was heavy with the sweet odor of apples. ∎  (of the sky) full of dark clouds; oppressive: a heavy thundery sky. 3. of more than the usual size, amount, or force: rush hour traffic was heavy and I was delayed. ∎  doing something to excess: a heavy smoker. ∎  (heavy on) using a lot of: stories heavy on melodrama. 4. striking or falling with force: a heavy blow to the head we had heavy overnight rain. ∎  causing a strong impact: a heavy fall. ∎  (of music, esp. rock) having a strong bass component and a forceful rhythm. 5. needing much physical effort: long hours and heavy work. ∎  mentally oppressive; hard to endure: a heavy burden of responsibility. ∎  important or serious: a heavy discussion. ∎  (of a literary work) hard to read or understand because overly serious or difficult. ∎  feeling or expressing grief: I left him with a heavy heart. ∎ inf. (of a situation) serious and hard to deal with: things were getting pretty heavy. ∎ inf. (of a person) strict or harsh: the police were really getting heavy. • n. (pl. heav·ies) 1. a thing, such as a vehicle, that is large or heavy of its kind. ∎ inf. a large, strong man, esp. one hired for protection: I needed money to pay off the heavies. ∎  an important person: music business heavies. 2. a villainous role or actor in a book, movie, etc.: we've got to have this guy play the heavy. • adv. heavily: his words hung heavy in the air DERIVATIVES: heav·i·ly / ˈhevəlē/ adv. heav·i·ness n. heav·y·ish adj.

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heavy OE. hefiġ = OS. heƀig (Du. hevig), OHG. hebig, ON. hofugr :- Gmc. *χaƀuʒa-, *χaƀiʒa-, f. *χaƀiz (OE. hefe) weight, f. *χaƀjan HEAVE; see -Y1.

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heavynavvy, savvy •ave, Garvey, Harvey, larvae, Mojave •bevvy, bevy, Chevy, heavy, levee, Levi, levy, top-heavy •envy •cavy, Davy, Devi, gravy, navy, slavey, venae cavae, wavy •bivvy, chivvy, civvy, divvy, Livy, privy, skivvy, spivvy •Sylvie • ivy • grovy •groovy, movie •covey, lovey, lovey-dovey, luvvy •anchovy • Muscovy • Pahlavi •curvy, Nervi, nervy, scurvy, topsy-turvy

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