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

Noun the young ad execs knew that their agency had hit the big time when major corporations came calling
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At the end of the day in Texas basketball, big time players step up in big time moments. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Feb. 2024 Inconsistent play at safety could cost the 49ers big time. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 He’s been in that system for a while doing amazing things, putting up big time numbers. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 Gabel is childhood friends with actor, Josh Gad The couple are surrounded by big time entertainment talent. Anneke Knot, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024 Yesterday’s Microsoft and Alphabet results certainly delivered on the narrative front—Microsoft’s AI play is paying off big time, and Google is seemingly struggling to compete. David Meyer, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2023 Book now at Lufthansa Cut costs big time with Frontier Airlines’ shockingly cheap one-way flight sales Winter sales are in full swing at Frontier Airlines, where travelers can currently snag one-way flights as cheap as $19 between select locations on select dates. Kyler Alvord, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Feb. 2024 Big Boi blows out his knee big time: Hip-hop star and one-half of the group OutKast, Big Boi is better known for his bars than his boogie. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 8 Dec. 2023 This form of entertainment may be costing you big time. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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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 4 Mar. 2024.

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