Big
Big Big (b[i^]g), a. [Compar. {Bigger}; superl. {Biggest}.] [Perh. from Celtic; cf. W. beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant, with child, fr. baich burden, Arm. beac'h; or cf. OE. bygly, Icel. biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then) magnigicent, excellent, fr. OE. biggen, Icel. byggja, to dwell, build, akin to E. be.] 1. Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large. ``He's too big to go in there.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; -- often figuratively. [1913 Webster]

[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride. [1913 Webster]

God hath not in heaven a bigger argument. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Note: Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big-voiced. [1913 Webster]

{To talk big}, to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously. [1913 Webster]

I talked big to them at first. --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Bulky; large; great; massive; gross. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • big — /bIg/ adjective comparative bigger superlative biggest 1 SIZE of more than average size, amount, weight etc: a big house | Your baby s getting big! | a big increase in prices | the biggest hotel in New York | She had a big grin on her face. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • big — [ bıg ] adjective *** 1. ) large in size: a beautiful woman with big eyes He kept all his secret papers in a big box. great big (=very big): At the end of the lane was a great big house. a ) a big person is tall and heavy, and often fat: A big… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • big — ► ADJECTIVE (bigger, biggest) 1) of considerable size, physical power, or extent. 2) of considerable importance or seriousness. 3) informal exciting great interest or popularity. 4) informal, often ironic generous: ‘That s big of you!’ ● …   English terms dictionary

  • big — [big] adj. bigger, biggest [ME < Gmc * bugja, swollen up, thick (> BUG2 & Norw dial. bugge, big man) < IE base * beu , * bheu , to blow up, swell > PUCK2, L bucca, puffed cheek] 1. a) of great size, extent, or capacity; large …   English World dictionary

  • Big — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. {{{image}}}   Sigles d une seule lettre   Sigles de deux lettres > Sigles de trois lettres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • big — BIG, biguri, s.n. Unitate comercială complexă. – Din iniţialele B[ăcănie] + I[ndustriale] + G[ospodina]. Trimis de paula, 21.06.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  BIG BANG s.n. (astron.) Marea explozie (ipotetică) ce a iniţiat expansiunea universului… …   Dicționar Român

  • Big — bezeichnet BIG Gesundheit, eine deutsche Innungskrankenkasse Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, die österreichische Bau und Liegenschaftsverwaltung von Bundeseigentümern Big (Film), einen Kinofilm mit Tom Hanks von 1988 den IATA Code des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • big — (adj.) c.1300, northern England dialect, powerful, strong, of obscure origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norwegian dial. bugge great man ). Old English used micel in many of the same senses. Meaning of great size is late 14c.; that… …   Etymology dictionary

  • big — [adj1] large, great ample, awash, a whale of a*, brimming, bulky, bull*, burly, capacious, chock full*, colossal, commodious, considerable, copious, crowded, enormous, extensive, fat, full, gigantic, heavy duty*, heavyweight, hefty, huge, hulking …   New thesaurus

  • BIG — steht für: BIG direkt gesund, eine deutsche Innungskrankenkasse Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, die österreichische Bau und Liegenschaftsverwaltung von Bundeseigentümern Big (Film), einen Kinofilm mit Tom Hanks von 1988 den IATA Code des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”