adjective, larg·er, larg·est.
- unrestrained in the use of language; gross; improper.
- unrestrained in behavior or manner; uninhibited.
- lares and penates,
- large as life,
- large black,
- large calorie,
- large cane,
- large cell carcinoma
- free from restraint or confinement; at liberty: The murderer is still at large.
- to a considerable extent; at length: to treat a subject at large.
- as a whole; in general: the country at large.
- Also at-large. representing the whole of a state, district, or body rather than one division or part of it: a delegate at large.
- Also at-large. having a general, as opposed to a specific, role in an organization or project: She’s the magazine’s editor-at-large.
Origin of large
Examples from the Web for largeness
This was a president who – maybe just that week – had fully grown into the largeness of his office.The Funniest WHCD Speech Bill Clinton Never Delivered|Mark Katz|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The death of the gargantuan Hummer marks the passing of our obsession with largeness.
Her cantatas show unusual breadth of style, and their largeness of spirit wins them great favour.Woman's Work in Music|Arthur Elson
Like the sea is our life for its largeness; like the sea in its ebbs and flows.The Optimist's Good Morning|Florence Hobart Perin
Observe the lack of largeness, freedom and generosity in it.Civilization the Primal Need of the Race|Alexander Crummell
So that there could then be no reason of quarrelling about title, nor any doubt about the largeness of possession it gave.Second Treatise of Government|John Locke
They seemed to share the kindliness and largeness of John Thornton.The Call of the Wild|Jack London
- (esp of a dangerous criminal or wild animal) free; not confined
- roaming freely, as in a foreign country
- as a whole; in general
- in full detail; exhaustively
- ambassador-at-large See ambassador (def. 4)
- (sentence modifier) generally; as a ruleby and large, the man is the breadwinner
- nautical towards and away from the wind
Word Origin for large
c.1200, "bountiful, inclined to give or spend freely," also, of areas, "great in expanse," from Old French large "broad, wide; generous, bounteous," from Latin largus "abundant, copious, plentiful; bountiful, liberal in giving," of unknown origin. Main modern meanings "extensive; big in overall size" emerged 14c. An older sense of "liberated, free from restraining influence" is preserved in at large (late 14c.). Adjective phrase larger-than-life first attested 1937 (bigger than life is from 1640s).
see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.