(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. heavy, weighty, bulky, massive; tedious. See gravity, inelegance.Ant., light, weightless.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. heavy, dull, weighty, lifeless; see heavy 1 , indifferent 1 .
See Synonym Study at heavy .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
heavy, bulky, unwieldy, massive, prodigious, awkward, cumbersome, clumsy, laborious.
ANT.: handy, lightweight, pocket-sized
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having a relatively great weight: heavy, heavyweight, hefty, massive, weighty. See HEAVY. 2. Unwieldy or clumsy, especially due to excess weight: cumbersome, cumbrous, heavy, lumpish, lumpy. See EASY, HEAVY. 3. Lacking fluency or gracefulness: elephantine, heavy-handed, labored. See GOOD.

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