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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
big1 /bɪg/USA pronunciation   adj.,  big•ger, big•gest, adv. 
adj. 
  1. large in size, height, width, or amount:a big house.
  2. of major concern or importance;
    outstanding;
    influential:[before a noun]a big problem.
  3. grown-up;
    mature:You are big enough to know better.
  4. [before a noun] elder: my big sister.
  5. Government large-scale and powerful:[before a noun]big government.
  6. [be + ~] known or used widely;
    popular: Jazz became big in the 1920's.
  7. generous;
    magnanimous:She was big enough to forgive him.
  8. boastful;
    pompous:a big talker.
  9. loud: a big voice.

adv. 
  1. Informal Termssuccessfully:The new plans went over big.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsbe big on, [+ object] Informal. to have a special liking or enthusiasm for:That teacher is big on neatness.

big•gish, adj. 
big•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
big1  (big),USA pronunciation adj.,  big•ger, big•gest, adv., n. 
adj. 
  1. large, as in size, height, width, or amount:a big house; a big quantity.
  2. of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like:a big problem.
  3. outstanding for a specified quality:a big liar; a big success.
  4. important, as in influence, standing, or wealth:a big man in his field.
  5. grown-up;
    mature:big enough to know better.
  6. elder:my big sister.
  7. doing business or conducted on a large scale;
    major in size or importance:big government.
  8. consisting of the largest or most influential companies in an industry:Big steel wants to lower prices, but the smaller mills don't.
  9. [Informal.]known or used widely;
    popular:Nouvelle cuisine became big in the 1970s.
  10. magnanimous;
    generous;
    kindly:big enough to forgive.
  11. boastful;
    pompous;
    pretentious;
    haughty:a big talker.
  12. loud;
    orotund:a big voice.
  13. Clothing(of clothing or a clothing design) made of or distinguished by voluminous fabric that is loosely or softly shaped and fitted:a big shirt; the big look.
  14. Wine(of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.
  15. filled;
    brimming:eyes big with tears.
  16. Dialect Terms[Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.]pregnant.
  17. [Obs.]very strong;
    powerful.
  18. Idiomsbe big on, to have a special liking or enthusiasm for:Mother is big on family get-togethers.
  19. Idiomsbig with child. See  great (def. 17).

adv. 
  1. Informal Termsboastfully;
    pretentiously:to act big; to talk big.
  2. Informal Termswith great success;
    successfully:to go over big.

n. 
  1. Sportthe bigs, the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.
biggish, adj. 
bigly, adv. 
  • ?
  • Middle English big(ge) 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged huge, immense;
      bulky, massive;
      capacious, voluminous;
      extensive. See  great. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged consequential.
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged overflowing, flooded.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged little.

big2  (big),USA pronunciation v.t.,  bigged, big•ging. [Brit. Dial.]
  1. British Termsto build.
Also,  bigg. 
  • Old Norse byggja to inhabit, cognate with Old English (i)an, German bauen
  • Middle English biggen origin, originally, to inhabit 1150–1200

big3  (big),USA pronunciation n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
  1. Scottish Termsbigg1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
big /bɪɡ/ adj (bigger, biggest)
  1. of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
  2. having great significance; important
  3. important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etc
  4. informal considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way)
  5. elder: my big brother
  6. grown-up
  7. generous; magnanimous: that's very big of you
  8. (in combination): big-hearted
  9. extravagant; boastful: he's full of big talk
  10. too big for one's boots, too big for one's breechesconceited; unduly self-confident
  11. in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
adv informal
  1. boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
  2. in an exceptional way; well: his talk went over big with the audience
  3. on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)

See also big upEtymology: 13th Century: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect bugge big man

ˈbigness n
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