big

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[ 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

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1250–1300; Middle English big(ge) < ?

SYNONYMS FOR big

4 consequential.
15 overflowing, flooded.

OTHER WORDS FROM big

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

bigger

In addition to the idiom beginning with bigger

  • bigger they come, the harder they fall, the

also see:

  • eyes are bigger than one's stomach

Idioms and Phrases with bigger (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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