Dictionary.com

big

1
[ big ]
/ bɪg /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: big / bigger / biggest / bigs on Thesaurus.com

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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

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), of unknown origin
biggish, adjectivebigly, adverb, adjective

Definition for big (2 of 2)

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 originally, to inhabit <Old Norse byggja to inhabit, cognate with Old English (i)an,German bauen
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for big (1 of 2)

big1
/ (bɪɡ) /

adjective bigger or biggest

adverb informal

See also big up
biggish, adjectivebigness, noun
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
from Old Norse byggja; related to Old English būian to inhabit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with big

big

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Learn A New Word Right Now!