1. a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income

    Synonyms : homemaker, lady of the house, woman of the house
    Type Of : married woman, wife


  1. United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)

    Synonyms : w. c. handy, william christopher handy
  2. easy to reach

    Synonyms : ready to hand
    Examples :
    • found a handy spot for the can opener
  3. skillful with the hands

    Examples :
    • handy with an axe
  4. useful and convenient

    Examples :
    • a handy gadget


  1. large in amount or extent or degree

    Synonyms : goodish, goodly, healthy, respectable, sizable, sizeable, tidy
    Examples :
    • received a hefty bonus
  2. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

    Synonyms : brawny, muscular, powerful, sinewy
    Examples :
    • a hefty athlete
  3. of considerable weight and size

    Examples :
    • a hefty dictionary


  1. in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

    Synonyms : dormant, torpid
    Examples :
    • a hibernating bear


  1. a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)

    Synonyms : anthem
    Type Of : religious song
  2. praise by singing a hymn

    Type Of : glorify, laud, exalt, extol, proclaim
    Examples :
    • They hymned their love of God
  3. sing a hymn

    Type Of : sing


  1. someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections

    Synonyms : badgerer
    Type Of : bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler


  1. make (one's senses) more acute

    Synonyms : sharpen
    Type Of : intensify, deepen, compound
  2. make more intense, stronger, or more marked

    Synonyms : compound, deepen, intensify
    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness
  3. become more extreme

    Synonyms : rise
    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • The tension heightened
  4. increase

    Synonyms : enhance, raise
    Type Of : intensify, deepen, compound
    Examples :
    • heighten the tension
  5. increase the height of

    Type Of : lift, elevate, bring up, raise, get up
    Examples :
    • The athletes kept jumping over the steadily heightened bars
  6. make more extreme; raise in quantity, degree, or intensity

    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • heightened interest


  1. inexpensive supervised lodging (especially for youths on bicycling trips)

    Synonyms : student lodging, youth hostel
    Type Of : housing, living accommodations, lodging
  2. a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers

    Synonyms : auberge, hostelry, inn, lodge
    Type Of : hotel


  1. pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs

    Synonyms : cephalalgia, head ache
    Type Of : ache, aching
  2. something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

    Synonyms : concern, vexation, worry
    Type Of : negative stimulus


  1. slowly as if burdened by much weight

    Synonyms : heavily
    Examples :
    • time hung heavy on their hands
  2. lacking lightness or liveliness

    Synonyms : leaden
    Examples :
    • heavy humor
  3. slow and laborious because of weight

    Synonyms : lumbering, ponderous
    Examples :
    • the heavy tread of tired troops
  4. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

    Synonyms : grave, grievous, weighty
    Examples :
    • heavy matters of state
  5. requiring or showing effort

    Synonyms : labored, laboured
    Examples :
    • heavy breathing
  6. full of; bearing great weight

    Synonyms : weighed down
    Examples :
    • trees heavy with fruit
  7. prodigious

    Synonyms : big
    Examples :
    • heavy investor
  8. darkened by clouds

    Synonyms : lowering, sullen, threatening
    Examples :
    • a heavy sky
  9. (used of soil) compact and fine-grained

    Synonyms : clayey, cloggy
    Examples :
    • the clayey soil was heavy and easily saturated
  10. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    Synonyms : big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, large, with child
  11. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it

    Synonyms : fleshy, overweight
  12. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter

    Synonyms : dense, impenetrable
    Examples :
    • heavy fog
  13. full and loud and deep

    Synonyms : sonorous
    Examples :
    • heavy sounds
  14. (of sleep) deep and complete

    Synonyms : profound, sound, wakeless
    Examples :
    • a heavy sleep
  15. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

    Synonyms : hard, intemperate
  16. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    Synonyms : arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome
    Examples :
    • heavy work
    • heavy going
  17. an actor who plays villainous roles

    Type Of : histrion, actor, player, thespian, role player
  18. a serious (or tragic) role in a play

    Type Of : theatrical role, part, persona, role, character
  19. dense or inadequately leavened and hence likely to cause distress in the alimentary canal

    Examples :
    • a heavy pudding
  20. large and powerful; especially designed for heavy loads or rough work

    Examples :
    • a heavy truck
    • heavy machinery
  21. made of fabric having considerable thickness

    Examples :
    • a heavy coat
  22. marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • a heavy heart
    • a heavy schedule
    • heavy news
    • a heavy silence
    • heavy eyelids
  23. (of an actor or role) being or playing the villain

    Examples :
    • Iago is the heavy role in `Othello'
  24. of comparatively great physical weight or density

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • a heavy load
    • lead is a heavy metal
    • heavy mahogany furniture
  25. of great intensity or power or force

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • a heavy blow
    • the fighting was heavy
    • heavy seas
  26. of relatively large extent and density

    Examples :
    • a heavy line
  27. (physics, chemistry) being or containing an isotope with greater than average atomic mass or weight

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • heavy hydrogen
    • heavy water
  28. sharply inclined

    Examples :
    • a heavy grade
  29. unusually great in degree or quantity or number

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • heavy taxes
    • a heavy fine
    • heavy casualties
    • heavy losses
    • heavy rain
    • heavy traffic
  30. of the military or industry; using (or being) the heaviest and most powerful armaments or weapons or equipment

    Antonyms : light
    Examples :
    • heavy artillery
    • heavy infantry
    • a heavy cruiser
    • heavy guns
    • heavy industry involves large-scale production of basic products (such as steel) used by other industries