/big/, adj., bigger, biggest, 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. (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. (of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.15. filled; brimming: eyes big with tears.16. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.17. Obs. very strong; powerful.18. be big on, to have a special liking or enthusiasm for: Mother is big on family get-togethers.adv.20. Informal. boastfully; pretentiously: to act big; to talk big.21. Informal. with great success; successfully: to go over big.n.22. the bigs, Sports Slang. the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.[1250-1300; ME big(ge) < ?]Syn. 1. huge, immense; bulky, massive; capacious, voluminous; extensive. See great. 4. consequential. 15. overflowing, flooded.Ant. 1. little.big2to build.Also, bigg.[1150-1200; ME biggen orig., to inhabit < ON byggja to inhabit, c. OE bu(i)an, G bauen]big3/big/, n. Scot. and North Eng.bigg1.
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