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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for ponderously

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 ponderously

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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