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adjective \ˈbig\

Definition of big

bigger

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biggest

  1. 1a obsolete :  of great strength Sir Launcelot was big and strong again. — Thomas Maloryb :  of great force a big storm

  2. 2a :  large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent a big house; also :  large or great in quantity, number, or amount a big fleetb :  operating on a large scale big governmentc of a letter :  capital 1

  3. 3a :  pregnant; especially :  nearly ready to give birth big with childb :  full to bursting :  swelling big with ragec of the voice :  full and resonant

  4. 4a :  chief, preeminent the big issue of the campaignb :  outstandingly worthy or able a truly big manc :  of great importance or significance the big momentd :  imposing, pretentious using big words; also :  marked by or given to boasting big talke :  magnanimous, generous was big about it

  5. 5 informal :  more advanced in age :  older my big brother :  more mature His teachers all told me he was excited about riding the bus, feeling like a big boy now. — Laurie Frey

  6. 6a :  filled with or characterized by enthusiasm and interest I'm a big fan of soy foods but urge you to choose them wisely. — Andrew Weil :  active and enthusiastic My mother is a big baker, and so was my grandmother … — Melissa Parks I'm not a big shopper, so for me to actually like a store is really saying something. — Matt Cameronb :  expressed in an enthusiastic or unrestrained way :  hearty greeted me with a big hug

  7. 7 :  popular soft drinks are very big in Mexico — Russ Leadabrand

  8. 8 :  full-bodied and flavorful —used of wine

bigly

adverb

bigness

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big on

  1. :  strongly favoring or liking; also :  noted for she is big on blushing — Arnold Hano

Examples of big in a Sentence

  1. a big glass of soda

  2. She moved to a bigger city.

  3. the biggest city in the state

  4. He led a big group through the museum.

  5. She works for a big company.

  6. He organized a big advertising campaign.

  7. We had a big fund-raiser for the school.

Origin and Etymology of big

Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect bugge important man


First Known Use: 14th century


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big

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Definition of big

  1. 1 :  in a loud or declamatory manner; also :  in a boasting manner talk big

  2. 2a :  to a large amount or extent won bigb :  on a large scale think big

  3. 3 :  hard hits her forehand big

Examples of big in a Sentence

  1. He talks big about his plans, but he hasn't done much yet.

Origin and Etymology of big

see 1big


First Known Use: 1568


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big

noun

Definition of big

  1. 1 :  an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power; especially :  major league —usually used in plural playing in the bigs

  2. 2 basketball, informal :  a big player :  a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket But, the problem is that you MUST have guards. You can't play five bigs. — Martin Manley

Examples of big in a Sentence

  1. with that new promotion he's now one of the bigs in the company

  2. when a candidate is running for president, he's playing in the bigs and cannot afford to make major mistakes

Origin and Etymology of big

see 1big


First Known Use: 1833


BIG Defined for English Language Learners

big

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adjective

Definition of big for English Language Learners

  • : large in size

  • : large in number or amount

  • : involving or including many people, things, etc.

big

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Definition of big for English Language Learners

  • : in a big way

  • : in a way that is meant to impress people


BIG Defined for Kids

big

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adjective \ˈbig\

Definition of big for Students

bigger

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biggest

  1. 1 :  large in size a big house a big man

  2. 2 :  large in number or amount a big group

  3. 3 :  of great importance big news

  4. 4 :  of great strength or force a big storm

bigness

noun


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