big

1
[ big ]
/ bɪg /

adjective, big·ger, big·gest.

adverb

Informal. boastfully; pretentiously: to act big; to talk big.
Informal. with great success; successfully: to go over big.

noun

the bigs, Sports Slang. the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.

Idioms

    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 big

1
1250–1300; Middle English big(ge) < ?

SYNONYMS FOR big

4 consequential.
15 overflowing, flooded.

Related forms

big·gish, adjectivebig·ly, adverb, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for be big on (1 of 2)

big

1
/ (bɪɡ) /

adjective bigger or biggest

adverb informal

See also big up

Derived Forms

biggish, adjectivebigness, noun

Word Origin for big

C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect bugge big man

British Dictionary definitions for be big on (2 of 2)

big

2
/ (bɪɡ) /

verb bigs, bigging, bigged or bug (bʌɡ) Scot

to build
to excavate (earth) into a pile

Word Origin for big

from Old Norse byggja; related to Old English būian to inhabit
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Idioms and Phrases with be big on (1 of 2)

be big on


see big on.

Idioms and Phrases with be big on (2 of 2)

big


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

also see:

  • 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.

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