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ponderous
used in Babbitt

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

or

boring — especially because of  length
  • He had been a ponderous debater in college; he felt that he was an orator; he saw himself becoming governor of the state.
    Chapter 6 (92% in)
  • As always when he passed the Parthenon Shoe Shine Parlor, a one-story hut which beside the granite and red-brick ponderousness of the old California Building resembled a bath-house under a cliff, he commented, "Gosh, ought to get my shoes shined this afternoon.
    Chapter 5 (7% in)
  • And at that moment George F. Babbitt turned ponderously in bed—the last turn, signifying that he'd had enough of this worried business of falling asleep and was about it in earnest.
    Chapter 7 (98% in)
  • He lied ponderously: "You bet!
    Chapter 9 (80% in)
  • Which of them said which has never been determined, and does not matter, since they all had the same ideas and expressed them always with the same ponderous and brassy assurance.
    Chapter 10 (54% in)
  • The benches were shelves of ponderous mahogany; the news-stand a marble kiosk with a brass grill.
    Chapter 13 (20% in)
  • If in Paul's company he felt ponderous and protective, with McKelvey he felt slight and adoring.
    Chapter 15 (22% in)
  • Sir Gerald's room was, except for his ponderous and durable English bags, very much like the room of George F. Babbitt; and quite in the manner of Babbitt he disclosed a huge whisky flask, looked proud and hospitable, and chuckled, "Say, when, old chap."
    Chapter 19 (80% in)
  • They looked at each other with a high degree of mutual respect, and at the Cavendish Apartments he helped her out in a courtly manner, waved his hand at the house as though he were presenting it to her, and ponderously ordered the elevator boy to "hustle and get the keys."
    Chapter 24 (28% in)
  • She was perhaps forty; her hair was an unconvincing ash-blond; and if her chest was flat, her hips were ponderous.
    Chapter 29 (23% in)
  • Babbitt crossed the floor, slowly, ponderously, seeming a little old.
    Chapter 34 (95% in)

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