What does BIG mean?

Definitions for BIGbɪg

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word BIG.

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Big

    big, adj. large or great: pregnant: great in air, mien, or spirit: loud: pompous, esp. 'to talk big,' 'look big.'—adjs. Big-bell′ied, having a big belly; pregnant (with); Big′gish, rather big.—ns. Big′ness, bulk, size; Big′wig (colloq.), a leading man, a person of some importance. [M. E. big; origin very obscure—Skeat suggests that it is bilg, the l being dropped, and compares Ice. belgja, to puff out.]

  2. Big

    big, v.t. (Scot.) to build, to pile up.—n. Big′gin, anything built, a house. [Sc. byggja; A.S. búian.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BIG in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BIG in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Adam Krantz:

    a very big issue.

  2. Karen Myers:

    It was a big deal.

  3. Ali Dibadj:

    It’s a big deal.

  4. Bill McKibben:

    This is a big win.

  5. Peter Keller:

    It's a big mystery.

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