Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Word of the day



1. Having great weight.
2. Awkward or unwieldy.
3. Dull or laborious.

Via French, from Latin ponderare (to ponder, weigh). Ultimately from the Indo-European root (s)pen- (to draw, to spin), which is also the source of pendulum, spider, pound, pansy, pendant, ponder, appendix, depend, spontaneous, perpendvilipend,filipendulous, and equipoise. Earliest documented use: 1400.

"Don't fall for the old fat trap. That ponderous old set of resolutions you make every year: I will lose weight. I will work out. I will eat less dessert. We both know you'll be tucking into a double chocolate chip cookie before the day is over."
Ring in the New!; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Dec 31, 2013.

"Freedom awaits the rest of the group as soon as the ponderous Russian paperwork is complete."
Mary Dejevsky; Putin's Charm Offensive; The Independent (London, UK); Dec 30, 2013.

See more usage examples of ponderous in's dictionary

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