Heavy, massive, weighty.
* 1879 , , Archibald Malmaison , ch. 5:
* Edgar B. P. Darlington, The Circus Boys on the Flying Rings , ch. 4:
- [H]e saw, at the end of a shallow embrasure, a ponderous door of dark wood, braced with iron.
(figuratively, by extension) Serious, onerous, oppressive.
* 1781 , , Lives of the Poets , "Dryden":
- The great elephant, when the cage was being placed, would, at a signal from its keeper, place its ponderous head against one side of the cage and push.
* 1845 , , Pictures From Italy , ch. 11:
- It was Dryden's opinion . . . that the drama required an alternation of comick and tragick scenes; and that it is necessary to mitigate, by alleviations of merriment, the pressure of ponderous events, and the fatigue of toilsome passions.
* 1915 , , The Voyage Out , ch. 19:
- In its court-yard—worthy of the Castle of Otranto in its ponderous gloom—is a massive staircase.
Clumsy, unwieldy, or slow, especially due to weight.
* 1915 , , Little Miss Grouch , ch. 10:
- For the time, her own body was the source of all the life in the world, which tried to burst forth here—there—and was repressed now by Mr. Bax, now by Evelyn, now by the imposition of ponderous stupidity.
* 1919 , , "Kew Gardens":
- Slowly, through an increasing glow that lighted land and water alike, the leviathan of the deep made her ponderous progress to the hill-encircled harbor.
Dull, boring, tedious; long-winded in expression.
* 1863 , , "Cousin Phillis":
- Following his steps . . . came two elderly women of the lower middle class, one stout and ponderous , the other rosy cheeked and nimble.
* 1918 , , A Daughter Of The Land , ch. 2:
- Over supper the minister did unbend a little into one or two ponderous jokes.
(rare) Characterized by or associated with pondering.
* , "Sermon Upon John III" in Works of Thomas Manton (2002 edition), ISBN 9781589603462,
- [A]s certainly as any one said anything in her presence that she had occasion to repeat, she changed the wording to six-syllabled mouthfuls, delivered with ponderous circumlocution.
* 1804 , The Literary Magazine and American Register , vol. 2, no. 7,
- Ponderous thoughts take hold of the heart; musing maketh the fire to burn, and steady sight hath the greatest influence upon us.
* 1850 , Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country , vol. 41,
- The acute and ponderous mind of Dr. Johnson was not always right in its decisions.
- They are the pleasantest of all companions, and perhaps the most affluent in correct opinions of men and things generally , although little addicted to ponderous consideration or deep research.
* heavy, massive
* oppressive, serious
To grow ; to swell out.
To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
- Her cheeks have plumped .
To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up .
- Dulcissa plumps into a chair.
To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily.
- to plump up the hollowness of their history with improbable miracles
To give a plumper (kind of vote).
To give (a vote), as a plumper.
(used with for) To favor or decide in favor of something.
- to plump a stone into water
- "A recent poll by the New York Times found that although most Brazilians plump for arch-rival Argentina as the team they most want to lose, the second-biggest group want Brazil itself to stumble." source: http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21600983-brazilian-workers-are-gloriously-unproductive-economy-grow-they-must-snap-out
Having a full and rounded shape; chubby, somewhat overweight.
* (Thomas Carew) (1595-1640)
- The god of wine did his plump clusters bring.
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* See also
Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.
(obsolete) A knot or cluster; a group; a crowd.
- a plump of trees, fowls, or spears
- To visit islands and the plumps of men. — Chapman.