\ˈbig-ˌtīm \

Definition of big-time 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: relating to or involved in the big time big-time sports also : major sense 4 big-time operators



Definition of big-time (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a major or large-scale way the new show bombed big-time also : to a great extent or degree owes me big-time

big time

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Definition of big time (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a high-paying vaudeville circuit requiring only two performances a day

2 : the top rank of an activity or enterprise

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big-timer \ˈbig-ˌtī-mər \ noun

Examples of big-time in a Sentence


the young ad execs knew that their agency had hit the big time when major corporations came calling

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The first edition, which went on sale nationally in early 2017 for $129, sold well initially, but then flopped big time. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Snap rolls out revamped Spectacles. But will Snapchat users buy them?," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite near universal acclaim for the all-new 2018 Honda Accord, sales are down big time. Mark Phelan,, "If the 2018 Honda Accord is so good, why isn't it selling?," 20 Mar. 2018 And that starts with getting lucky with these seven factors that weren't here to help last season but need to, big time, in 2018. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Looking for reasons the Dolphins can surprise their doubters in 2018? Here are seven," 27 June 2018 Assuming that iZO cleanse is the picture of scientific rigor and safe ingredient-sourcing, there’s another reason why cleanses and detoxes can backfire, big time. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s iZO Superfood Cleanse Is B.S., According to a Nutritionist," 7 June 2018 Sure, the new law should prove a boon for corporate profits in general–the ebullience over equities proves that investors are already making that bet, big time. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How Tax Reform Makes Goldman Sachs a Winner—and a Loser," 30 Jan. 2018 In addition to Michigan State, Dixon has outfitted basketball and football teams at big time college football and,or basketball programs such as Florida State, Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M and several other big-name schools in the past several years. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Fitting suits for some of the top prospects in the NFL Draft is tailor-made for Carlton Dixon | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 However, Universal had high hopes for their kinetic time travel comedy from director Robert Zemeckis and their ambitions paid off big time with an $11.1-million opening on a $19-million budget. Dave Lewis,, "From 'Back to the Future' to 'Wild Wild West': A look at the Fourth of July's biggest box office hits and misses," 29 June 2018 My book Capital Gaines is out today..this is big time! Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Chip Gaines? All the Facts You Need to Know About the "Fixer Upper" Star," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of big-time


1910, in the meaning defined above


1957, in the meaning defined above


1910, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of big-time

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or involved in the highest or most successful level of an activity



English Language Learners Definition of big-time (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a big way : very much or very badly

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