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From Middle English weighti, weghti, wighti, equivalent to weight +‎ -y.

Cognate with Scots weichty, wechty, wichty, Saterland Frisian wichtich, West Frisian wichtich, Dutch wichtig, gewichtig, German wichtig, Danish vigtig, Swedish viktig.


  • IPA(key): /ˈweɪti/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪti



weighty (comparative weightier, superlative weightiest)

  1. Having a lot of weight; heavy.
    • 1898, Guy Wetmore Carryl, The Confiding Peasant and the Maladroit Bear:
      And so a weighty rock she aimed / With much enthusiasm
    • 2018, Thom Nickels, Philadelphia Mansions: Stories and Characters behind the Walls:
      To fund the purchase, he had to sell a late Renoir, The Judgment of Paris, with its depiction of weighty ladies frolicking in a roseate garden.
  2. (figurative) Important; serious; not trivial or petty.
    a weighty argument
  3. Rigorous; severe; afflictive.

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