adjective, larg·er, larg·est.
- unrestrained in the use of language; gross; improper.
- unrestrained in behavior or manner; uninhibited.
- 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
SYNONYMS FOR large
Related formslarge·ness, nouno·ver·large, adjectiveul·tra·large, adjectiveun·large, adjective
Can be confusedlarge largess
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
British Dictionary definitions for largeness
- (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
Derived Formslargeness, noun
Word Origin for large
Idioms and Phrases with largeness
see at large; big (large) as life; by and large; cog in the (a large) wheel; in some (large) measure; loom large; writ large.