Excessive vs Heavily - What's the difference?

excessive | heavily |

As an adjective excessive

is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

As an adverb heavily is

in a heavy manner.




(en adjective)
  • Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
  • "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive , nay even stupid."


    * See also


    * insufficient * deficient

    Derived terms

    * excessive number




    (en adverb)
  • In a heavy manner.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=5, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=The departure was not unduly prolonged.
  • With a great weight.
  • To a considerable degree, to a great extent.
  • *
  • *:An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
  • In a manner designed for heavy duty.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall.  Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime.}}
  • So as to be thick or heavy.
  • In a laboured manner.