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
Antonyms for large
Examples from the Web for overlarge
Historical Examples of overlarge
Her eyes were overlarge from fasting as they hung on the face of the big captain.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
Cheyenne was left with an overlarge town site, but with some real excuse for existence.The Last American Frontier
Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
His head was overlarge, with a bulging white forehead and a mane of scraggly black hair shot with grey.
Danner's cranium was overlarge and his neck small; but he stiffened it to hold himself in a posture of dignity.Gladiator
The Ashe Clothespin Company had to be dunned as if it were a dubious individual with an overlarge bill at the corner grocery.Sudden Jim
Clarence Budington Kelland
- (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
- nauticaltowards 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.