Big definition

bĭg
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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In a broad way; showing imagination.

Think big!

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A biological insulation garment; an air-tight, full-body suit intended to prevent the spread of contaminants.
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Mature or grown-up.

Big enough to take the bus by herself.

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Pregnant.

Big with child.

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(informal) Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular.
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(informal) Self-important; cocky.

You're too big for your own good.

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In a pretentious or boastful way.

Talked big about the new job.

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Of great significance; momentous.

A big decision; a big victory.

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Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling.

My big brother is leaving for college next week.

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Filled up; brimming over.

Felt big with love.

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Bountiful; generous.

Had a big heart.

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Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence.

A big official; a big chief.

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Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent.

A big figure in the peace movement.

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With considerable success.

Made it big with their recent best-selling album.

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In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically.

Failed big at the box office.

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Pregnant.

Big with child.

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(informal) Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular.
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(informal) Self-important; cocky.

You're too big for your own good.

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Loud and firm; resounding.

A big voice.

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Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large.
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Having great strength or force.

A big wind; in a big rage.

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Of great significance; momentous.

A big decision; a big victory.

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Mature or grown-up.

Big enough to take the bus by herself.

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Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling.

My big brother is leaving for college next week.

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Filled up; brimming over.

Felt big with love.

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Bountiful; generous.

Had a big heart.

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Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence.

A big official; a big chief.

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Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent.

A big figure in the peace movement.

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In a pretentious or boastful way.

Talked big about the new job.

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With considerable success.

Made it big with their recent best-selling album.

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In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically.

Failed big at the box office.

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Boastful; pompous; extravagant.

Big talk.

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Generous; noble.

A big heart.

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Designating an industry or other organized, large-scale activity regarded as having distinct political and economic interests.

Big oil, big labor, etc.

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Of great size, extent, or capacity; large.
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Great in amount or quantity.
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Great in force or intensity.

A big wind.

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Full-grown.
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Elder.

His big sister.

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Far advanced in pregnancy (with)
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Filled or swelling (with)
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Important or outstanding.

To do big things.

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Very well known; famous.
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Popular; very well liked.
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Impressively.
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Pompously; boastfully; extravagantly.

To talk big.

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Loud and firm; resounding.

A big voice.

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Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large.
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Having great strength or force.

A big wind; in a big rage.

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Loud.
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big on
  • Enthusiastic about; partial to:
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big on
  • Enthusiastic about; partial to:
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
big
Plural:
bigs

Adjective

Base Form:
big
Comparative:
bigger
Superlative:
biggest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

big on
big on

Origin of big

  • Middle English perhaps of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English perhaps of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition