Definition of heaving in English:



informal British
  • (of a place) extremely crowded.

    • ‘the foyer was absolutely heaving with people’
    • ‘In the heaving streets, people don't seem to carry shopping bags, though the bars and restaurants are bursting.’
    • ‘The soldiers will find a heaving city of misery, mortars and stray bullets.’
    • ‘I would have been happier if he had used his persuasive powers with the Lord to heal the heaving roads of Bangalore.’
    • ‘The meltingpot that makes up this heaving city offered us a chance to blend - to the extent we were asked directions by visiting American hillbillies.’
    • ‘With increasing desperation, he looked for it, scanning the heaving landscape before him for something to hold onto.’
    • ‘As the artists working in the print studio pack away their things, the Jute cafe bar on the other side of the glass wall begins to fill with the heaving pre-club crowd.’
    • ‘Some teenage fans were in raptures as the chart-topper sang yards from them and played along for the heaving crowd which spilled out into the city centre.’
    • ‘Teenagers wept as the singing sensation sang inches from their faces and played along for the heaving crowd, which spilled out into the city centre.’
    • ‘Despite the heaving crowds the policemen and women on duty were all good natured and didn't seem to mind a bit of gentle ribbing from the stage.’
    • ‘The other man stared down at the heaving crowd with a morbid curiosity.’
    • ‘So much so they had no problem selling out the Olympia Theatre last night with screaming fans and even a number of celebrity faces in the heaving crowd.’
    • ‘Trapped in a hot, heaving crowd, I suffer the most terrifying claustrophobia of my life.’
    • ‘They all made up part of a heaving 8,000 strong crowd at the first of two Irish gigs as parts of their Licks tour.’
    • ‘Rarely crowded, it's a place to chill and have drinks with friends without having to bash your way through a heaving crowd just to go to the bathroom.’
    • ‘I glanced back out at the heaving crowd and debated slamming the door shut and hiding in here.’
    • ‘The usually hushed tunnels of the Washington metro turned into a heaving mass of cowboy hats, eel-skin boots and crocodile formations of ecstatic schoolgirls with tooth braces.’
    • ‘From the heaving Princes Street pavement between Hanover Street and Frederick Street the access to number 86 is nothing to boast about.’
    • ‘Despite not having been able to book, we didn't have long to wait before we were led through the heaving restaurant to a tiny table for two in a far corner.’
    • ‘And the sun did shine upon them, perhaps a bit too strongly, and the heaving throng had a most excellent time.’
    • ‘A food market that is usually heaving with bustling shoppers was deserted.’
    packed, congested, crushed, cramped, overcrowded, full, filled to capacity, full to bursting, overfull, overflowing, teeming, swarming, thronged, populous, overpopulated, overpeopled, busy



/ˈhēviNG/ /ˈhivɪŋ/