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[hev-uh-lee] /ˈhɛv ə li/
with a great weight or burden:
a heavily loaded wagon.
in a manner suggestive of carrying a great weight; ponderously; lumberingly:
He walked heavily across the room.
in an oppressive manner:
Cares weigh heavily upon him.
severely; greatly; intensely:
to suffer heavily.
densely; thickly:
heavily wooded.
in large amounts or in great quantities; very much:
It rained heavily on Tuesday.
without animation or vigor; in a dull manner; sluggishly.
Origin of heavily
before 900; Middle English hevyly, Old English hefiglīce. See heavy, -ly
Related forms
overheavily, adverb
unheavily, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The main road to Ineboli was heavily guarded, as was that to Samsun.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • His tall figure was proportionately broad, and he was heavily fleshed.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • All males have dark flecks or reticulations on the throat; in some individuals the chest and belly are heavily flecked.

  • Finding the Dog able to do it immensely, made the match, and heavily backed the Dog.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The windows were heavily curtained, and the children's voices had a muffled sound as they slipped cautiously inside.

    A Dear Little Girl Amy E. Blanchard
Word Origin and History for heavily

Old English hefiglice "violently, intensely; sorrowfully; sluggishly," from hefig (see heavy) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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