Heavy vs Tramp - What's the difference?

heavy | tramp |

As nouns the difference between heavy and tramp

is that heavy is a villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts while tramp is (pejorative) a homeless person, a vagabond.

As verbs the difference between heavy and tramp

is that heavy is to make heavier while tramp is to walk with heavy footsteps.

As a adjective heavy

is (of a physical object) having great weight or heavy can be having the heaves.

As a adverb heavy

is heavily.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) hevy, .


  • (of a physical object) Having great weight.
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  • (of a topic) Serious, somber.
  • Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive.
  • heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc.
  • * Bible, 1 Sam. v. 6
  • The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make.
  • * Wordsworth
  • Sent hither to impart the heavy news.
  • (British, slang, dated) Good.
  • Profound.
  • (of a rate of flow) High, great.
  • (slang) Armed.
  • (music) Louder, more distorted.
  • (of weather) Hot and humid.
  • (of a person) Doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people.
  • (of food) High in fat or protein; difficult to digest.
  • Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IV
  • The surf was not heavy , and there was no undertow, so we made shore easily, effecting an equally easy landing.
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  • Laden to a great extent.
  • Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with grief, pain, disappointment, etc.
  • * Chapman
  • The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were.
  • * Shakespeare
  • A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
  • Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid.
  • a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, etc.
    a heavy writer or book
  • * Shakespeare
  • whilst the heavy ploughman snores
  • * Dryden
  • a heavy , dull, degenerate mind
  • * Bible, Is. lix. 1
  • Neither [is] his ear heavy , that it cannot hear.
  • Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey.
  • a heavy''' road; a '''heavy soil
  • Not raised or leavened.
  • heavy bread
  • Having much body or strength; said of wines or spirits.
  • (obsolete) With child; pregnant.
  • Synonyms
    * sweer/swear
    Derived terms
    (heavy) * heavily * heaviness * heavy-armed * heavy artillery * heavy chain * heavy-coated * heavy cream * heavy drinker * heavy-duty * heavy-footed * heavy goods * heavy-handed * heavyhead * heavy-headed * heavy heart * heavy-hearted * heavy hitter * heavy hydrogen * heavy industry * heavy ion * heavyish * heavy-laden * heavy-lift * heavy lifting * heavy metal * heavy oil * heavy particle * heavy roller * heavy sea * heavy-set/heavyset * heavy sink * heavy spar * heavy tail * heavy water * heavyweight * heavy wet * HGV * hot and heavy * semi-heavy * top-heavy


    (en adverb)
  • heavily
  • heavy laden with their sins
  • (India, colloquial) very
  • Noun

  • A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts.
  • With his wrinkled, uneven face, the actor always seemed to play the heavy in films.
  • (slang) A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard.
  • A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it.
  • (aviation) A large multi-engined aircraft.
  • The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers.


  • To make heavier.
  • To sadden.
  • (Australia, New Zealand, informal) To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations; to pressure.
  • The union was well known for the methods it used to heavy many businesses.
  • * 1985 , Australian House of Representatives, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard , Issue 11, Part 1, page 1570,
  • the Prime Minister sought to evade the simple fact that he heavied Mr Reid to get rid of Dr Armstrong.
  • * 2001 , Finola Moorhead, Darkness More Visible , Spinifex Press, Australia, page 557,
  • But he is on the wrong horse, heavying me. My phone?s tapped. Well, he won?t find anything.
  • * 2005 , David Clune, Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, 1856-2005 , Volume 3: 1901-2005, page 421,
  • But the next two days of the Conference also produced some very visible lobbying for the succession and apparent heavying of contenders like Brereton, Anderson and Mulock - much of it caught on television.

    Etymology 2


    (en adjective)
  • Having the heaves.
  • a heavy horse




    (en noun)
  • (pejorative) A homeless person, a vagabond.
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  • She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp .
  • (pejorative) A disreputable, promiscuous woman; a slut.
  • "I can't believe you'd let yourself be seen with that tramp ."
    "Claudia is such a tramp ; making out with all those men when she has a boyfriend."
  • Any ship which does not have a fixed schedule or published ports of call.
  • * 1888 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
  • I was so happy on board that ship, I could not have believed it possible. We had the beastliest weather, and many discomforts; but the mere fact of its being a tramp -ship gave us many comforts; we could cut about with the men and officers, stay in the wheel-house, discuss all manner of things, and really be a little at sea.
  • * 1919 , Charles Fort, :
  • Then I think I conceive of other worlds and vast structures that pass us by, within a few miles, without the slightest desire to communicate, quite as tramp vessels pass many islands without particularizing one from another.
  • * 1924 , George Sutherland, :
  • Some of these are regular ocean liners; others are casual tramp ships.
  • * 1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
  • “Hrrumph,” said the Mate. “Get into uniform right away, we must have discipline here.” With that he stalked off as if he were First Mate on one of the Queens instead of just on a dirty, rusty old tramp ship.
  • (Australia, New Zealand) A long walk, possibly of more than one day, in a scenic or wilderness area.
  • * 1968 , John W. Allen, It Happened in Southern Illinois , page 75:
  • The starting place for the tramp is reached over a gravel road that begins on Route 3 about a mile south of Gorham spur.
  • * 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet, page 734:
  • Speaking of knockout panoramas, if you?re fit then consider doing the taxing, winding, 8km tramp' up ' Mt Roy (1578m; five to six hours return), start 6km from Wanaka on Mt Aspiring Rd.
  • * 2006 , Marc Llewellyn, Lee Mylne, Frommer?s Australia from $60 a Day , page 186:
  • The 1½-hour tramp passes through banksia, gum, and wattle forests, with spectacular views of peaks and valleys.
  • , especially a very small one.
  • Synonyms

    * (homeless person) bum, hobo, vagabond ** See also * (disreputable woman) See also * (type of ship) see * (long walk) bushwalk, hike, ramble, trek

    Derived terms

    * tramp ant * tramp stamp


    (en verb)
  • To walk with heavy footsteps.
  • To walk for a long time (usually through difficult terrain).
  • We tramped through the woods for hours before we found the main path again.
  • To hitchhike
  • To tread upon forcibly and repeatedly; to trample.
  • To travel or wander through.
  • to tramp the country
  • (Scotland) To cleanse, as clothes, by treading upon them in water.
  • (Jamieson)

    Derived terms

    * trample * tromp


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