1. Heaved or lifted with labour; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a heavy stone; hence, sometimes, large in extent, quantity, or effects; as, a heavy fall of rain or snow; a heavy failure; heavy business transactions, etc.; often implying strength; as, a heavy barrier; also, difficult to move; as, a heavy draught.
2. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive; hard to endure or accomplish; hence, grievous, afflictive; as, heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc. The hand of the lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod. (1 sam. V. 6) The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make. (Shak) Sent hither to impart the heavy news. (Wordsworth) Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence. (Shak)
3. Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with care, grief, pain, disappointment. The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were. (Chapman) A light wife doth make a heavy husband. (Shak)
4. Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid; as, a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, and the like; a heavy writer or book. Whilst the heavy plowman snores. (Shak) Of a heavy, dull, degenerate mind. (Dryden) Neither [is] his ear heavy, that it can not hear. (Is. Lix. 1)