adjective, big·ger, big·gest.
SYNONYMS FOR big
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Idioms for big
Origin of big1
OTHER WORDS FROM bigbiggish, adjectivebigly, adverb, adjective
Words nearby big
Definition for big (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), bigged, big·ging.British Dialect.
Origin of big2
What is a basic definition of big?
Big describes something that is large in height, weight, size, or amount. Big can also describe something that is significant or, informally, something that is popular. Big has many other senses as an adjective and a few as an adverb and a noun.
Big can describe things that are tall, wide, massive, or plentiful. It’s a synonym of words such as large, great, and huge, describing something as being notably high in number or scale in some way.
- Real-life examples: The Grand Canyon is a big hole in the ground. Jupiter is a big planet. You would need a big box to hold 300 books. Skyscrapers are big buildings.
- Used in a sentence: The restaurant brought out a big table to seat all 30 of us.
Big also describes something that is very important, worrisome, alarming, influential, or similarly worthy of notice.
- Real-life examples: Jumping out of a plane without a parachute is a big mistake. A comet hitting Earth would be a big issue. The discovery of life on Mars would be big news.
- Used in a sentence: The mold in our house turned into a big problem when we found out it was toxic.
Big is used informally to mean that something is popular or widely known.
- Real-life examples: Disco was big in the 1970s. The internet started to become big in the 1990s when computers became affordable and connection speeds improved.
- Used in a sentence: The actor was big 10 years ago but now nobody knows who he is.
Where does big come from?
The first records of big come from around 1250. It comes from the Middle English big(ge), but any earlier origin is unknown.
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What are some synonyms for big?
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How is big used in real life?
Big is a very common word that is most often used to describe something as being large in some way.
Big spider in my room so I've run away to another room 😂
— Shari ✨💙 (@Sharichantel) November 30, 2020
Potentially 182 days til hairdressers are open .. I’m in big trouble 👧🏻😂👧🏻
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) April 24, 2020
Someone needs to bring the harmonica back to the spot light. It was big in the 90s and then just died in music. Someone bring it back!
— Caleb Combs (@Krouton_5) December 4, 2019
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Is big used correctly in the following sentence?
The dog was so big that my friend thought it was a small horse.
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What are other ways to say big?
Something that is big is large in size, height, width, or amount. How is big different from great and large? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
Example sentences from the Web for big
What we do know, as the report noted, is “the drop-off will be higher for more populated locations like big cities, with smaller reductions for outdoor and less-populated destinations.”
It was a broad-based drop that saw the big tech rally fade and travel and retail stocks tank on reopening worries.Move over Nasdaq. This exchange has been killing it over the past month|Bernhard Warner|July 8, 2020|Fortune
A big thing we are leading the charge on is the … language that’s been used in gaming that has been tolerated.
In essence, clean rooms have enabled the big tech companies to become channel-specific agencies for their advertisers.
Now that the first wave of big announcements is winding down, raceAhead will be turning our attention to the nuts and bolts of the work that must happen in the longer term.The NFL’s apparent new wokeness might be performative, but it still matters|Ellen McGirt|July 7, 2020|Fortune
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.
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|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Their three-day scientific outing was paid for by Epstein and was big success.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I really wanted Trenchmouth to succeed and at the time wished we were as big as Green Day.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The big slug happened to hit the suspect in the street, passing through his arm and then striking Police Officer Andrew Dossi.
The big room at King's Warren Parsonage was already fairly well filled.
Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
There were at least a dozen ladies seated round the big table at the Parsonage.
I pictured him as slim and young looking, smooth-faced, with golden curly hair, and big brown eyes.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
Big Reginald took their lives at pool, and pocketed their half-crowns in an easy genial way, which almost made losing a pleasure.
British Dictionary definitions for big (1 of 2)
adjective bigger or biggest
- eldermy big brother
- grown-upwhen you're big, you can stay up later
- generous; magnanimousthat's very big of you
- (in combination)big-hearted
Derived forms of bigbiggish, adjectivebigness, noun
Word Origin for big
British Dictionary definitions for big (2 of 2)
verb bigs, bigging, bigged or bug (bʌɡ) Scot
Word Origin for big
Idioms and Phrases with 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
- 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.