large, as in size, height, width, or amount:
a big house; a big quantity.
of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like:
a big problem.
outstanding for a specified quality:
a big liar; a big success.
important, as in influence, standing, or wealth:
a big man in his field.
big enough to know better.
my big sister.
doing business or conducted on a large scale; major in size or importance:
consisting of the largest or most influential companies in an industry:
Big steel wants to lower prices, but the smaller mills don’t.
Informal. known or used widely; popular:
Nouvelle cuisine became big in the 1970s.
magnanimous; generous; kindly:
big enough to forgive.
boastful; pompous; pretentious; haughty:
a big talker.
a big voice.
(of clothing or a clothing design) made of or distinguished by voluminous fabric that is loosely or softly shaped and fitted:
a big shirt; the big look.
(of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.
eyes big with tears.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.
Obsolete. very strong; powerful.
Informal. boastfully; pretentiously:
to act big; to talk big.
Informal. with great success; successfully:
to go over big.
the bigs, Sports Slang. the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.
be big on, to have a special liking or enthusiasm for:
Mother is big on family get-togethers.
big with child. great (def 23).
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adjective bigger, biggest
of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
having great significance; important: a big decision
important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etc: the big four banks
(intensifier usually qualifying something undesirable): a big dope
(informal) considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way)
elder: my big brother
grown-up: when you’re big, you can stay up later
generous; magnanimous: that’s very big of you
(in combination): big-hearted
(often foll by with) brimming; full: my heart is big with sadness
extravagant; boastful: he’s full of big talk
(of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
too big for one’s boots, too big for one’s breeches, conceited; unduly self-confident
in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
(informal) big on, enthusiastic about: that company is big on research
boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
in an exceptional way; well: his talk went over big with the audience
on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)
verb (Scot) bigs, bigging, bigged, bug (bʌɡ)
to excavate (earth) into a pile
Important; powerful: the big names in this business/ the big guy (late 1500s+)
Popular; successful: If I do say so, we were very big/ The book’s big in Chicago (1910+)
big and bold
big as life
big fish in a small pond
big head, have a
big mouth, have a
big of one
- Big acth
- Big a
big a AIDS Atlanta Atlas ICBM Big Apple (New York City)
- Big air
noun Examples Usage Note Historical Examples Fighting Byng A. Stone Puss Junior and Robinson Crusoe David Cory The Moving Picture Boys on the War Front Victor Appleton A Yankee Flier Over Berlin Al Avery
- Big and bold
Large and striking, as in His ties tended to be big and bold in color and pattern , or This big and bold design for a book jacket is sure to catch the casual browser’s eye . This phrase, used mostly to describe things rather than persons, is a kind of visual analog of loud […]