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Definition of "ponderous" []

  • Having great weight. (adjective)
  • Unwieldy from weight or bulk. (adjective)
  • Lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull: a ponderous speech. See Synonyms at heavy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ponderous" in a sentence
  • "Their thirty and forty - thousand-ton battleships slowed down half a dozen miles offshore and maneuvered in ponderous evolutions, while tiny scout-boats (lean, six-funneled destroyers) ran in, cutting blackly the flashing sea like so many sharks."
  • "Their thirty - and forty-thousand-ton battleships slowed down half a dozen miles off-shore and manœuvred in ponderous evolutions; while tiny scout-boats (lean, six-funnelled destroyers) ran in, cutting blackly the flashing sea like so many sharks."
  • "– The days of chivalry are no more: the knight no longer sallies forth in ponderous armour, mounted upon a steed as invulnerable as himself."