- 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."
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- 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: Middle 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
- bigness noun
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adjective big·ger, big·gest
- Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at large.
- a. Of great force; strong: a big wind; in a big rage.b. Obsolete Of great strength.
- 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.
- Pregnant: big with child.
- Filled up; brimming over: felt big with love.
- Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence: a big official; a big chief.
- Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent: a big figure in the peace movement.
- Of great significance; momentous: a big decision; a big victory.
- Informal Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular: “For public opinion . . . has grown harsh and yuppie-bashing is big” (Sally Jacobs).
- Informal Self-important; cocky: You're too big for your own good.
- Loud and firm; resounding: a big voice.
- Bountiful; generous: had a big heart.
- 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: Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- bigˈgish adjective
- bigˈly adverb
- bigˈness noun
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