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[ big ]
/ bɪg /
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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.
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Idioms about 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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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English big(ge), beg(ge); of unknown origin

OTHER WORDS FROM big

biggish, adjectivebigly, adverb, adjective

Other definitions for big (2 of 2)

big2

or bigg

[ big ]
/ bɪg /

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

Origin of big

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First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English biggen, beggen, buggen, originally, “to inhabit, reside,” from Old Norse byggja, byggva “to inhabit, settle,” cognate with Old English bū(i)an, German bauen “to build, erect”
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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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