- The definition of big is something large or grand in size, or the status of being older or of being an adult or grown-up instead of a child.
- An example of big is a 10,000 square foot house.
- An example of big is your older brother.
- An example of big is when a four year old thinks ahead to when he is older or to when he will be "big."
The elephant is a big animal.
- of great size, extent, or capacity; large
- great in amount or quantity
- great in force or intensity: a big wind
- elder: his big sister
- far advanced in pregnancy (with)
- filled or swelling (with)
- important or outstanding: to do big things
- very well known; famous
- popular; very well liked
- boastful; pompous; extravagant: big talk
- ☆ generous; noble: a big heart
Origin of bigMiddle English ; from Germanic an unverified form bugja, swollen up, thick (from source bug and amp; Norwegian dialect, dialectal bugge, big man) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form beu-, an unverified form bheu-, to blow up, swell from source puck, Classical Latin bucca, puffed cheek
- a. Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at large.b. Having great strength or force: a big wind; in a big rage.c. Of great significance; momentous: a big decision; a big victory.
- a. Mature or grown-up: big enough to take the bus by herself.b. Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling: My big brother is leaving for college next week.
- a. Filled up; brimming over: felt big with love.b. Bountiful; generous: had a big heart.
- Pregnant: big with child.
- a. Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence: a big official; a big chief.b. Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent: a big figure in the peace movement.
- Loud and firm; resounding: a big voice.
- Informal Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular: “The Minneapolis indie-rock band was big in the blogosphere, beloved by hipsters, and unknown to pretty much everyone else” (Robert Levine).
- Informal Self-important; cocky: You're too big for your own good.
- In a pretentious or boastful way: talked big about the new job.
- Informal a. With considerable success: made it big with their recent best-selling album.b. In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically: failed big at the box office.
Origin of bigMiddle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(comparative bigger, superlative biggest)
- Of great size, large.
- Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.
- (of an industry or other field) Thought to have undue influence.
- There were concerns about the ethics of big science.
- That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
- (informal) Adult.
- Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.
- (informal) Fat.
- Gosh, she is big!
- (informal) Important or significant.
- What's so big about that? I do it all the time.
- (informal, with on) Enthusiastic (about).
- I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
- (informal) Mature, conscientious, principled.
- That's very big of you, thank you!
- I tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.
- (informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.
- Whoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.
- (sometimes figuratively) Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.
- She was big with child.
(comparative bigger, superlative biggest)
- In a loud manner.
- In a boasting manner.
- He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
- In a large amount or to a large extent.
- He won big betting on the croquet championship.
- On a large scale, expansively
- You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
- He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.
(third-person singular simple present bigs, present participle bigging, simple past and past participle bigged) (up)
(third-person singular simple present bigs, present participle bigging, simple past and past participle bigged)
- (archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to inhabit; occupy
- (reflexive, archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to locate one's self
- (archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to build; erect; fashion
- (intransitive, archaic or UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to dwell; have a dwelling
From Middle English biggen, byggen, from Old Norse byggja, byggva (“to build, dwell in, inhabit”), a secondary form of Old Norse búa (“to dwell”), related to Old English būan (“to dwell”). Cognate with Danish bygge, Swedish bygga.
- One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.
- GBI, gib