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big-time

adjective \ ˈbig-ˌtīm \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of big-time

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

First Known Use of big-time

1910


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big-time

adverb

Definition of big-time

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

First Known Use of big-time

1957


big time

noun \ -ˌtīm \

Definition of big time

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

big-timer

play \-ˌtī-mər\ noun

Examples of big time in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of big time

1910

big time Synonyms

Synonyms
big (s), big league (s), major league
Related Words
establishment, old guard

BIG-TIME Defined for English Language Learners

big-time

adjective

Definition of big-time for English Language Learners

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


big-time

adverb

Definition of big-time for English Language Learners

  • : in a big way : very much or very badly



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