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[big-in] /ˈbɪg ɪn/
noun, Scot. and North England.
a building, especially one's home.
Origin of bigging
First recorded in 1200-50, bigging is from the Middle English word biging. See big2, -ing1


or bigg

[big] /bɪg/
verb (used with object), bigged, bigging. British Dialect.
to build.
1150-1200; Middle English biggen orig., to inhabit < Old Norse byggja to inhabit, cognate with Old English bū(i)an, German bauen


[big] /bɪg/
verb (used with object)
big2 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bigging
Historical Examples
  • With man and woman, horn and hoof, And bigging for the homestead roof.

    The Norsemen in the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • So some one must be bigging it, or folks would all sing very small.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • Hanged or drowned, here or awa, dead or alive, I mind the bigging o't.

    The Antiquary, Complete Sir Walter Scott
  • The long words are delivered without the slightest bungling; and 'bigging' finished to its last g.

  • The long words are delivered without the slightest bungling; and "bigging" finished to its last g.

  • He has mair sense than to ca' anything about the bigging his ain, frae the rooftree down to a crackit trencher on the bink.

    The Antiquary, Complete Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for bigging


adjective bigger, biggest
of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
having great significance; important: a big decision
important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etc: the 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)
  1. elder: my big brother
  2. grown-up: when you're big, you can stay up later
  1. generous; magnanimous: that's very big of you
  2. (in combination): big-hearted
(often foll by with) brimming; full: my heart is big with sadness
extravagant; boastful: he's full of big talk
(of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
too big for one's boots, too big for one's breeches, conceited; unduly self-confident
in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
(informal) big on, enthusiastic about: that company is big on research
adverb (informal)
boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
in an exceptional way; well: his talk went over big with the audience
on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)
See also big up
Derived Forms
biggish, adjective
bigness, noun
Word Origin
C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect bugge big man


verb (Scot) bigs, bigging, bigged, bug (bʌɡ)
to build
to excavate (earth) into a pile
Word Origin
from Old Norse byggja; related to Old English būian to inhabit
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Word Origin and History for bigging



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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bigging



  1. Important; powerful: the big names in this business/ the big guy (late 1500s+)
  2. Popular; successful: If I do say so, we were very big/ The book's big in Chicago (1910+)


Successfully; outstandingly well: The wing-dancing and funny acts catch on big (1886+)

Related Terms

big with someone, go over big, make it big, take it hard, talk big



Good; decent; admirable •Used as an epithet for an admired person: Hey, what's up, Big Charlie?

Related Terms

mister big

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