- large, as in size, height, width, or amount: a big house; a big quantity.
- of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like: a big problem.
- outstanding for a specified quality: a big liar; a big success.
- important, as in influence, standing, or wealth: a big man in his field.
- grown-up; mature: big enough to know better.
- elder: my big sister.
- doing business or conducted on a large scale; major in size or importance: big government.
- consisting of the largest or most influential companies in an industry: Big steel wants to lower prices, but the smaller mills don't.
- Informal. known or used widely; popular: Nouvelle cuisine became big in the 1970s.
- magnanimous; generous; kindly: big enough to forgive.
- boastful; pompous; pretentious; haughty: a big talker.
- loud; orotund: a big voice.
- (of clothing or a clothing design) made of or distinguished by voluminous fabric that is loosely or softly shaped and fitted: a big shirt; the big look.
- (of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.
- filled; brimming: eyes big with tears.
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.
- Obsolete. very strong; powerful.
- Informal. boastfully; pretentiously: to act big; to talk big.
- Informal. with great success; successfully: to go over big.
- the bigs, Sports Slang. the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.
- be big on, to have a special liking or enthusiasm for: Mother is big on family get-togethers.
- big with child. great(def 23).
Origin of big1
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Examples from the Web for bigger
The Big Five banks dubbed too big to fail, are 35 percent bigger than they were when the meltdown was triggered.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
Steiger was nominated, and Richard Burton, and a lot of people in bigger movies.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
“The four largest banks are nearly 40 percent bigger today than they were just five years ago,” she observed.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
This game is only two hours of what promises to be a twelve hour series, so there is plenty of time to get bigger and badder.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
Cannons were fired in the heart of the tiny principality, which is no bigger than Central Park, to celebrate the news.Princess Charlene Gives Birth To Twins Gabriella and Jacques
December 10, 2014
"I'll make him a bigger man than his pa was yet," declared Uncle Peter.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
My sister's eyes were opener and bigger than ever I saw them before.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He had listened with all his might, and his eyes grew bigger and bigger.Rico and Wiseli
Is he going to be a bigger man with Eileen than he would have been with Marian?Her Father's Daughter
They were bigger and stronger than the town boys, and they expected to conquer by force.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
- having great significance; importanta big decision
- important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etcthe big four banks
- (intensifier usually qualifying something undesirable)a big dope
- informal considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way)
- eldermy big brother
- grown-upwhen you're big, you can stay up later
- generous; magnanimousthat's very big of you
- (in combination)big-hearted
- (often foll by with) brimming; fullmy heart is big with sadness
- extravagant; boastfulhe's full of big talk
- (of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
- too big for one's boots or too big for one's breeches conceited; unduly self-confident
- in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
- big on informal enthusiastic aboutthat company is big on research
- boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
- in an exceptional way; wellhis talk went over big with the audience
- on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)
- to build
- to excavate (earth) into a pile
Word Origin and History for bigger
comparative of big.
c.1300, northern England dialect, "powerful, strong," of obscure origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal bugge "great man"). Old English used micel in many of the same senses. Meaning "of great size" is late 14c.; that of "grown up" is attested from 1550s. Sense of "important" is from 1570s. Meaning "generous" is U.S. colloquial by 1913.
Big band as a musical style is from 1926. Slang big head "conceit" is first recorded 1850. Big business "large commercial firms collectively" is 1905; big house "penitentiary" is U.S. underworld slang first attested 1915 (in London, "a workhouse," 1851). In financial journalism, big ticket items so called from 1956. Big lie is from Hitler's grosse Lüge.
Idioms and Phrases with bigger
In addition to the idioms beginning with big
- big and bold
- big as life
- big bucks
- big cheese
- big daddy
- big deal
- big enchilada
- big fish in a small pond
- big head, have a
- big league
- big mouth, have a
- big of one
- big on
- big shot
- big stink
- big time
- big top
- big wheel
- go over big
- great (big) guns
- hit it big
- in a big way
- little frog in a big pond
- make a federal case (big deal)
- talk big
- think big
- too big for one's breeches
- what's the (big) idea
Also see underbigger.