Expression of gladness and content about something.
Sarcastic inversion thereof.
- enthusiastic about
- those who are great
Other Word Forms of Great
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Great
- great on
- the great
Origin of Great
From Middle English greet (“great, large”), from Old English grēat (“big, thick, coarse, stour, massive”), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (“big in size, coarse, coarse grained”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (“to fell, put down, fall in”). Cognate with Scots great (“coarse in grain or texture, thick, great”), West Frisian grut (“large, great”), Dutch groot (“large, stour”), German groß (“large”), Old English grēot (“earth, sand, grit”), Latin grandis (“great,big”), Albanian ngre (“I lift, heave, stand, elevate”). More at grit.
Middle English grete from Old English grēat thick, coarse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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