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ponderous

[pon-der-uh s] /ˈpɒn dər əs/
adjective
1.
of great weight; heavy; massive.
2.
awkward or unwieldy:
He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
3.
dull and labored:
a ponderous dissertation.
Origin of ponderous
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Middle French ponderos, pondereuse) < Latin ponderōsus. See ponder, -ous
Related forms
ponderously, adverb
ponderousness, ponderosity
[pon-duh-ros-i-tee] /ˌpɒn dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonponderosity, noun
nonponderous, adjective
nonponderously, adverb
nonponderousness, noun
overponderous, adjective
overponderously, adverb
overponderousness, noun
unponderous, adjective
unponderously, adverb
unponderousness, noun
Synonyms
3. heavy, boring, dreary, plodding, tedious.
Antonyms
3. lively, exciting.
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  • "Ay," answered the Governor, lifting his head from the hand he had kissed with ponderous gallantry.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • There was nothing suave in the colonel's manner, nothing slow or ponderous or courtly.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Their ponderous weapons allowed of little fencing and parrying, and inflicted wounds which were almost invariably mortal.

  • The bridge was built of stone, on arches, and was of the most massive and ponderous character.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • But over both the great monsters passed, treading them to pulp under the ponderous feet.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for ponderous

ponderous

/ˈpɒndərəs/
adjective
1.
of great weight; heavy; huge
2.
(esp of movement) lacking ease or lightness; awkward, lumbering, or graceless
3.
dull or laborious: a ponderous oration
Derived Forms
ponderously, adverb
ponderousness, ponderosity (ˌpɒndəˈrɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ponderōsus of great weight, from pondus weight
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Word Origin and History for ponderous
adj.

c.1400, "thick;" early 15c., "heavy, weighty, clumsy," from Latin ponderosus "of great weight; full of meaning," from pondus (genitive ponderis) "weight" (see pound (n.1)). Meaning "tedious" is first recorded 1704. Related: Ponderously; ponderousness.

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