- large, as in size, height, width, or amount: a big house; a big quantity.
- of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like: a big problem.
- outstanding for a specified quality: a big liar; a big success.
- important, as in influence, standing, or wealth: a big man in his field.
- grown-up; mature: big enough to know better.
- elder: my big sister.
- doing business or conducted on a large scale; major in size or importance: big government.
- consisting of the largest or most influential companies in an industry: Big steel wants to lower prices, but the smaller mills don't.
- Informal. known or used widely; popular: Nouvelle cuisine became big in the 1970s.
- magnanimous; generous; kindly: big enough to forgive.
- boastful; pompous; pretentious; haughty: a big talker.
- loud; orotund: a big voice.
- (of clothing or a clothing design) made of or distinguished by voluminous fabric that is loosely or softly shaped and fitted: a big shirt; the big look.
- (of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.
- filled; brimming: eyes big with tears.
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.
- Obsolete. very strong; powerful.
- Informal. boastfully; pretentiously: to act big; to talk big.
- Informal. with great success; successfully: to go over big.
- the bigs, Sports Slang. the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.
- 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 big1
Synonyms for bigSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for big
Related Words for biggesthuge, enormous, full, immense, tremendous, hefty, fat, colossal, sizable, substantial, massive, gigantic, considerable, vast, leading, powerful, valuable, significant, popular, serious
Examples from the Web for biggest
Contemporary Examples of biggest
This time it would be the biggest mistake for the Western press to repeat that—absolutely the biggest mistake.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
Its biggest asset, of course, is the steely Atwell, who never asks you to feel sorry for Carter despite all the sexism around her.Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Stomps on the Patriarchy
January 7, 2015
I was already over forty, had hardly a nickel in my pocket and this was the biggest break in my life.
Postscript Of all the interviews I did Lee Marvin was by far the biggest surprise.
Frankly, I don't think even Michael Patrick King, Lisa Kudrow, and the show's biggest fans expected it to be this good.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of biggest
They were some way from home, and Giles was the biggest and heaviest of them all.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Now, this is evidently the biggest item of the year—it's international, by George!In the Midst of Alarms
The biggest fish are usually obtained from the long Reaches.
Later: Adventure for sandcart on one of the biggest plateaus.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
She said they was goin' to have the biggest time this town ever see.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
- having great significance; importanta big decision
- important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etcthe big four banks
- (intensifier usually qualifying something undesirable)a big dope
- informal considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way)
- eldermy big brother
- grown-upwhen you're big, you can stay up later
- generous; magnanimousthat's very big of you
- (in combination)big-hearted
- (often foll by with) brimming; fullmy heart is big with sadness
- extravagant; boastfulhe's full of big talk
- (of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
- too big for one's boots or too big for one's breeches conceited; unduly self-confident
- in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
- big on informal enthusiastic aboutthat company is big on research
- boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
- in an exceptional way; wellhis talk went over big with the audience
- on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)
Word Origin for big
- to build
- to excavate (earth) into a pile
Word Origin for big
superlative of big.
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.
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.