Definitions for BIGbɪg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bigbɪg(adj.; adv.; n.)big•ger, big•gest

  1. (adj.)large in size, height, width, or amount:

    a big house; a big batch.

  2. of major concern or importance:

    a big problem.

  3. outstanding:

    a big success.

  4. important; influential:

    a big activist in politics.

  5. grown-up; mature:

    big enough to know better.

  6. elder:

    my big sister.

  7. large-scale and powerful; exercising substantial control and influence:

    big government.

    Category: Government

  8. known or used widely; popular:

    Jazz became big in the 1920s.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. magnanimous:

    big enough to forgive.

  10. hearty; enthusiastic:

    He welcomed us in a big way.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. boastful; pompous:

    a big talker.

  12. loud; orotund:

    a big voice.

  13. filled; brimming:

    eyes big with tears.

  14. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.

    Category: Dialect

  15. (adv.)boastfully; pretentiously:

    to talk big.

    Category: Informal

  16. successfully:

    to go over big.

    Category: Informal

  17. (n.)a person of importance or power:

    She lunched with a Hollywood big.

    Category: Informal

  18. the bigs, the highest level of competition, esp. baseball's major leagues.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for big:

  1. be big on,Informal. to have a special liking or enthusiasm for.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

Origin of big:

1275–1325; ME big(ge) strong, stout


Princeton's WordNet

  1. large, big(adj)

    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

    "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"

  2. big(adj)


    "graduation was a big day in his life"

  3. bad, big(adj)

    very intense

    "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"

  4. big(adj)

    loud and firm

    "a big voice"; "big bold piano sounds"

  5. big, large, prominent(adj)

    conspicuous in position or importance

    "a big figure in the movement"; "big man on campus"; "he's very large in financial circles"; "a prominent citizen"

  6. big(a), heavy(a)(adj)


    "big spender"; "big eater"; "heavy investor"

  7. boastful, braggart(a), bragging(a), braggy, big, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandizing, self-aggrandising(adj)

    exhibiting self-importance

    "big talk"

  8. big, swelled, vainglorious(adj)

    feeling self-importance

    "too big for his britches"; "had a swelled head"; "he was swelled with pride"

  9. adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup(adj)

    (of animals) fully developed

    "an adult animal"; "a grown woman"

  10. big(adj)

    marked by intense physical force

    "a big wind"

  11. big, large, magnanimous(adj)

    generous and understanding and tolerant

    "a heart big enough to hold no grudges"; "that's very big of you to be so forgiving"; "a large and generous spirit"; "a large heart"; "magnanimous toward his enemies"

  12. big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded(adj)

    given or giving freely

    "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"

  13. big(p), enceinte, expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)(adverb)

    in an advanced stage of pregnancy

    "was big with child"; "was great with child"

  14. big(adverb)

    extremely well

    "his performance went over big"

  15. boastfully, vauntingly, big, large(adverb)

    in a boastful manner

    "he talked big all evening"

  16. big(adverb)

    on a grand scale

    "think big"

  17. big(adverb)

    in a major way

    "the play failed big at the box office"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. big(adjective)ɪg

    large in size or amount

    a big bunch of flowers; the biggest dog I'd ever seen; The balloon was getting bigger and bigger.

  2. bigɪg


    Your wedding is your big day.

  3. bigɪg

    successful or popular

    his first big movie; The song was very big here.

  4. bigɪg

    to become successful

    to make it big in Hollywood

  5. bigɪg

    used by children to mean "older"

    When I get big, I'm going to be a rock star.; a picture of me and my big brother


  1. big(Noun)

    An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.

  2. big(Noun)

    The big leagues, big time

  3. big(Verb)

    To praise or recommend

  4. big(Adverb)

    In a loud manner.

  5. big(Adverb)

    In a boasting manner.

    He's always talking big, but he never delivers.

  6. big(Adverb)

    In a large amount or to a large extent.

    He won big betting on the croquet championship.

  7. big(Adverb)

    On a large scale, expansively

    You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.

  8. big(Adverb)


    He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.

  9. big(Adjective)

    Of great size, large.

    Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.

  10. big(Adjective)

    Thought to have undue influence.

    There were concerns about the ethics of big science.

  11. big(Adjective)


    That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.

  12. big(Adjective)


    Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.

  13. big(Adjective)


    Gosh, she is big!

  14. big(Adjective)

    Important or significant.

    What's so big about that? I do it all the time.

  15. big(Adjective)

    Enthusiastic (about).

    I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.

  16. big(Adjective)

    Mature, conscientious, principled.

  17. big(Adjective)

    Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.

    Woah, Nadia has gotten pretty big ever since she hit puberty.

  18. BIG(Noun)

    A biological insulation garment; an air-tight, full-body suit intended to prevent the spread of contaminants.

  19. Origin: From northern dialect big, bigge, of uncertain origin, possibly from a dialect of . Compare bugge

Webster Dictionary

  1. Big

    having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large

  2. Big

    great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; -- often figuratively

  3. Big

    having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride

  4. Big(noun)

    alt. of Bigg

  5. Big(verb)

    alt. of Bigg


  1. Big

    Big is a 1988 fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard, and Robert Loggia and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. Big was the latest, and most successful, of a series of age-changing comedies produced in the late 1980s, the others being: Like Father Like Son, 18 Again!, Vice Versa, and the Italian film Da grande.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BIG' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #429

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BIG' in Written Corpus Frequency: #210

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BIG' in Adjectives Frequency: #20

Translations for BIG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


large in size

a big car.

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