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 for big

    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.

OTHER WORDS FROM big

big·gish, adjectivebig·ly, adverb, adjective

Definition for big (2 of 4)

big2

or bigg

[ big ]
/ bɪg /

verb (used with object), bigged, big·ging. British Dialect.

to build.

Origin of big

2
1150–1200; Middle English biggen orig., to inhabit < Old Norse byggja to inhabit, cognate with Old English bū(i)an, German bauen

Definition for big (3 of 4)

big3
[ big ]
/ bɪg /

noun Scot. and North England.

Definition for big (4 of 4)

bigg1

or big

[ big ]
/ bɪg /

noun Scot. and North England.

four-rowed barley.

Origin of bigg

1
1400–50; late Middle English big, bigge < Old Norse bygg barley, cognate with Old English bēow
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British Dictionary definitions for big (1 of 2)

big1
/ (bɪɡ) /

adjective bigger or biggest

adverb informal

See also big up

Derived forms of big

biggish, adjectivebigness, noun

Word Origin for big

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

British Dictionary definitions for big (2 of 2)

big2
/ (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 big

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