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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a weighty matter (=an important matter)
▪ I was surprised that this weighty matter was decided so quickly.
▪ Before deciding on any weighty matter, he consults his staff.
▪ But it finds agreement with more sober, weighty judgements on the period provided by various studies of the official criminal statistics.
▪ High-handicap Kaori, however, foresaw a weightier problem: her bag.
▪ I confess that I was surprised that this weighty matter was decided so quickly and with so little ceremony.
▪ Reading a terse or weighty document will inhibit, rather than encourage, word flow.
▪ Remember that books are weighty things.
▪ The State of the Union address was a weighty and substantial occurence, though without startling new developments.
▪ When I was out of the room, he told Margaret that he wanted to see me write weightier books than that.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Weighty \Weight"y\, a. [Compar. Weightier; superl. Weightiest.]

  1. Having weight; heavy; ponderous; as, a weighty body.

  2. Adapted to turn the balance in the mind, or to convince; important; forcible; serious; momentous. ``For sundry weighty reasons.''

    Let me have your advice in a weighty affair.

  3. Rigorous; severe; afflictive. [R.] ``Attend our weightier judgment.''

    Syn: Heavy; ponderous; burdensome; onerous; forcible; momentous; efficacious; impressive; cogent.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "heavy;" late 15c., "important, serious, grave;" from weight (n.) + -y (2). Related: Weightiness.


a. 1 Having weight; heavy; ponderous; as, a weighty body. 2 Adapted to turn the balance in the mind, or to convince; important; forcible; serious; momentous. 3 Rigorous; severe; afflictive.

  1. adj. having relatively great weight; heavy; "a weighty load"; "a weighty package" [ant: weightless]

  2. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference" [syn: grave, grievous, heavy]

  3. weighing heavily on the spirit; causing anxiety or worry; "weighty problems"

  4. excessively fat; "a weighty man" [syn: corpulent, obese, rotund]

  5. powerfully persuasive; "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument" [syn: cogent, telling]

  6. [also: weightiest, weightier]

Usage examples of "weighty".

His Majesty sat on a low dais, in a gilded and padded chair beneath a baldachin hung behind and on either side with weighty purple velvet to shut out the draughts.

Only Bute was a little uneasy, realizing how weighty affairs of state can be.

Armed with a scratch awl and a square Dade was at the other end of the timber, his hat shoved back from his forehead while he ran his fingers through his hair as though pondering some weighty problem.

As I gave him this weighty load I kept my eyes fixed on his, and I saw to my joy that he did not take his gaze off the butter, which he was afraid of spilling.

In this sort I was houlden in an intrycate minde of doubts, at length ouercome withall kinde of greefes, my whole bodye trembling and languishinge vnder a broade and mightye Oke full of Acornes, standing in the middest of a spatious and large green meade, extending forth his thicke and leauie armes to make a coole shadowe, vnder whose bodye breathing I rested my selfe vppon the deawye hearbes, and lying vppon my left syde I drewe my breath in the freshe ayre more shortly betwixt my drye and wrinckled lips, then the weary running heart, pinched in the haunche and struck in the brest, not able any longer to beare vp his weighty head, or sustaine his body vpon his bowing knees, but dying prostrates himselfe.

None from the Council of the Elderhood, which always had weightier business than the future of Terra.

If the godown has not yet been destroyed by then- misguided efforts, doubtless sloth has overcome them and only the application of something weighty to their insensitive heads will convince them that they should strive to be worthy, in some part, of their lavish remuneration.

The old and una rose and faced them, and then, because this was an indaba of the most weighty consequences, he began to recite the history of the Matabele nation.

But the modern nobles measure their rank and consequence according to the loftiness of their chariots, and the weighty magnificence of their dress.

Moenghus had nodded in the weighty manner of a memorialist satisfied by powerful omens.

If Domingo and the beings with him inside the weighty metal could help the Nebulons eliminate this extremely objectionable thing, whatever it was, Speaker and those with her would be eternally grateful.

I will therefore bestow you my large and weighty oast in return for this creature with its accoutrements.

Weighty people with sharp corners: pushable, but so is the kitchen dresser.

Asia sinks beneath the weighty recollections of her past magnificence, as the Suttee sinks, jewel burdened, upon the corpse of dread grandeur, destructive even in its death.

As regards the manner in which the text of the two great works, especially of The Canterbury Tales, is presented, the Editor is aware that some whose judgement is weighty will differ from him.