Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


There is always something to weigh down the spiritual side in all of us.

But even so general a catastrophe could not weigh down the singer's spirits.

It would be an anodyne like poison that could weigh down my eyelids.

Her anxiety seemed to weigh down her cheeks and add ten years to her age.

Sleep does not yet weigh down my eyelids, so I will listen to my brother.

The continuance of misfortune began to weigh down my courage.

I am poor and lowly and all unworthy of you; but if great love may weigh down such defects, then mine may do it.

The sound of the storm, made more audible by the dreary silence, seemed to weigh down every heart.

Here are plates wanted to weigh down the table-cloth; there's a ruffling gusty wind that gets under it.'

His broad, high curved forehead, seemed to weigh down upon his body like an ivory chest laden full of unseen jewels.


Old English wegan "find the weight of, have weight, lift, carry," from Proto-Germanic *weganan (cf. Old Saxon wegan, Old Frisian wega, Dutch wegen "to weigh," Old Norse vega, Old High German wegan "to move, carry, weigh," German wiegen "to weigh"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahati "carries, conveys," vahitram "vessel, ship;" Avestan vazaiti "he leads, draws;" Greek okhos "carriage;" Latin vehere "to carry, convey;" Old Church Slavonic vesti "to carry, convey;" Lithuanian vezu "to carry, convey;" Old Irish fecht "campaign, journey").

The original sense was of motion, which led to that of lifting, then to that of "measure the weight of." The older sense of "lift, carry" survives in the nautical phrase weigh anchor. Figurative sense of "to consider, ponder" (in reference to words, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.