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heavy (the literal sense of ‘weighty’, and the fig. senses of ‘oppressive, grievous, sore’, ‘sad, sorrowful’, ‘distressing, saddening’, and ‘sleepy, drowsy’ are freq.)
1. weighty, important, serious All'sW. II. v. 50 “matter of consequence,” 1H4 II. iii. 68 “ business,” H5 II. ii. 53, Lr. V. i. 27 “Most just and causes.”
2. dull, stupid Oth. II. i. 143 “O heavy ignorance! thou praisest the worst best.”
3. slow, sluggish MND. V. i. 377 “The gait of night,” John III. iii. 43 “[thy blood] thick (heavy-thick†),” IV. i. 47 “ time,” Ant. III. vii. 38; cf. heavygaited R2 III. ii. 15.
4. (of a deed or its agent) grievous, heinous, wicked Meas. II. iii. 28, Wint. III. ii. 209, John IV. iii. 58, Ham. IV. i. 12 “O heavy deed!.”
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