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Definition large or of great weight; or slow and unwieldy — especially because of size


boring — especially because of  length
  • The findings were presented in a ponderous three-volume report.
ponderous = large and not elegant (unwieldy or boring)
  • We've been working through the ponderous regulatory approval process for the last two years.
  • ponderous = slow and unwieldy
  • It was a ponderous prehistoric beasts.
  • BRADY re-enters and crosses ponderously to the RADIO MAN.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • ponderously = slowly in an unwieldy manner
  • The sun was a ponderous circle without edges, a roar without a sound,
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • ponderous = very large
  • But soft you, the fair Ophelia: Ope not thy ponderous and marble jaws, But get thee to a nunnery—go!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • ponderous = very large
  • He shook his ponderous head.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ponderous = large
  • Then he took off with ponderous flight and circled and lowered, circled and lowered until the others danced in joy and hunger at his approach.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • ponderous = slow
  • The steps in the gravel sounded heavy and ponderous, like those of a large man.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • ponderous = slow and unwieldy — especially because of size
  • He examined it for a long time, tracing the sentences with his pencil, a ponderous reader whose thick black eyebrows kept bunching in the manner of a child having difficulty with a complex puzzle.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • ponderous = slow and with difficulty
  • As if in the superhuman energy of his utterance there had been found the potency of a spell—the huge antique panels to which the speaker pointed, threw slowly back, upon the instant, their ponderous and ebony jaws.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • ponderous = large
  • It was like a great main-mast to the voyaging earth; it must truly have been amazed that morning through all its ponderous frame as it felt this determined spark of human spirit wending its way from higher branch to branch.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • ponderous = large
  • The walls were hung with gorgeous curtains, which imparted the combination of grandeur and grace that no other species of adornment can achieve; and as they fell from the ceiling to the floor, their rich and ponderous folds, concealing all angles and straight lines, appeared to shut in the scene from infinite space.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • ponderous = large
  • Captain Hull then took a key from his girdle, unlocked the chest, and lifted its ponderous lid.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Grandfather's Chair
  • He was too ponderous and slow.
    London, Jack  --  White Fang
  • a ponderous speech
  • The rust on the ponderous iron-work of its oaken door looked more antique than anything else in the New World.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "The man, he is in my power," Da Souza says in a ponderous and stealthy whisper.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  A Millionaire of Yesterday
  • His chair, supported by a carved gun-carriage, was modeled upon the ponderous proportions of a 32-inch mortar.
    Verne, Jules  --  From The Earth To The Moon
  • These are life-size statues of old-time emperors, electors, and similar grandees, clad in mail and bearing ponderous swords.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad

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