\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

\-ˌtīm \

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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Ivan Perisic is the first player to score multiple goals for Croatia at two different #WorldCup tournaments • 2014 (2) • 2018 (2) Stepped up to the plate big time., "Croatia 2-1 England (AET): Three Lions' Hearts Broken as Mandzukic Scores Extra Time Winner," 11 July 2018 Read More In humble setting, aspiring ACC officials get their shot at the big timeMiller will switch from his right tackle spot at Charlotte Country Day and move to left tackle this fall. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "With top lineman committed, NC State's recruiting haul, and lead on UNC, continues," 30 June 2018 Recently, some longtime fans have been having similar reactions to the incredibly talented dudes of 5 Seconds of Summer making it big time. Kristin Harris, Seventeen, "Do You Get Jealous When Your Fave Band Starts Blowing Up?," 2 June 2014 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

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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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