1 of 3


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


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

3 of 3


: a high-paying vaudeville circuit requiring only two performances a day
: the top rank of an activity or enterprise
big-timer noun

Examples of big-time in a Sentence

Adverb wow, those renovations improved the library big-time Noun the young ad execs knew that their agency had hit the big time when major corporations came calling
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Word History

First Known Use


1910, in the meaning defined above


1957, in the meaning defined above


1910, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of big-time was in 1910

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“Big-time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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