V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. slow and laborious, especially because of weight; 2. without liveliness; 3. disproportionately heavy
Synonyms: cumbersome, bulky, awkward, dull, tedious, lifeless, heavy, massive, weighty
Antonyms: easy, light, spirited, lively
Tips: Ponderous is derived from the Latin ponderosus, which means "of great weight." Think of the related word ponder; when you ponder something, you're weighing a heavy decision. Thus, ponderous can refer to things that are figuratively heavy, like decisions, or literally heavy, like a grand piano. Something ponderous is weighed down, so it can't have much liveliness to it.
The book starts off as quick and exciting, but becomes ponderous and overly serious toward the end. (tedious, heavy, slow moving)
My heavy-set friend has a slow and ponderous walk. (weighted, slow)
The assignment had become ponderous, but he knew he had to finish. (tedious, dull)
The ponderous couch had to be lifted up, over the balcony, because there was no way to get it up the stairs. (cumbersome, bulky, heavy)
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