He was well made, cleanly and bigly, and neither too young nor too old.
The painting was simply done, commencing with the point of interest, the masses put in bigly, the details worked into them.
A Beelzebub; he spake as bigly and fiercely as a soaken yeoman at an election feast,—this obedient and conducible youth!
Though thin, the man was bigly built, with broad shoulders and well-developed limbs, measuring a trifle under six feet in height.
He was bigly made and his legs and arms were round, bolster fashion—huge thighs and small ankles, thick arms and slender wrists.
Fortune was of the same age as the priest: a bigly built, bold-looking young fellow, with skin already hardened.
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.
Successfully; outstandingly well: The wing-dancing and funny acts catch on big (1886+)
Good; decent; admirable •Used as an epithet for an admired person: Hey, what's up, Big Charlie?