ponderous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ponderous \Pon"der*ous\, adjective [L. ponderosus, from pondus, -eris, a weight: cf. F. pond['e]reux. See {Ponder}.]

1. Very heavy; weighty; as, a ponderous shield; a ponderous load; the ponderous elephant.

The sepulcher . . . Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws. --Shak.

2. Important; momentous; forcible. "Your more ponderous and settled project." --Shak.

3. Heavy; dull; wanting; lightless or spirit; as, a ponderous style; a ponderous joke.

{Ponderous spar} (Min.), heavy spar, or barytes. See {Barite}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ponderous

adjective

1: slow and laborious because of weight; "the heavy tread of tired troops"; "moved with a lumbering sag-bellied trot"; "ponderous prehistoric beasts"; "a ponderous yawn" [syn: {heavy}, {lumbering}, {ponderous}]

2: having great mass and weight and unwieldiness; "a ponderous stone"; "a ponderous burden"; "ponderous weapons"

3: labored and dull; "a ponderous speech"


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