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Meaning & Definition of Big in English

English

Big

/bɪg/

adjective

1. Above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

  • "A large city"
  • "Set out for the big city"
  • "A large sum"
  • "A big (or large) barn"
  • "A large family"
  • "Big businesses"
  • "A big expenditure"
  • "A large number of newspapers"
  • "A big group of scientists"
  • "Large areas of the world"
    synonym:
  • large
  • ,
  • big

2. Significant

  • "Graduation was a big day in his life"
    synonym:
  • big

3. Very intense

  • "A bad headache"
  • "In a big rage"
  • "Had a big (or bad) shock"
  • "A bad earthquake"
  • "A bad storm"
    synonym:
  • bad
  • ,
  • big

4. Loud and firm

  • "A big voice"
  • "Big bold piano sounds"
    synonym:
  • big

5. Conspicuous in position or importance

  • "A big figure in the movement"
  • "Big man on campus"
  • "He's very large in financial circles"
  • "A prominent citizen"
    synonym:
  • big
  • ,
  • large
  • ,
  • prominent

6. Prodigious

  • "Big spender"
  • "Big eater"
  • "Heavy investor"
    synonym:
  • big(a)
  • ,
  • heavy(a)

7. Exhibiting self-importance

  • "Big talk"
    synonym:
  • boastful
  • ,
  • braggart(a)
  • ,
  • bragging(a)
  • ,
  • braggy
  • ,
  • big
  • ,
  • cock-a-hoop
  • ,
  • crowing
  • ,
  • self-aggrandizing
  • ,
  • self-aggrandising

8. Feeling self-importance

  • "Too big for his britches"
  • "Had a swelled head"
  • "He was swelled with pride"
    synonym:
  • big
  • ,
  • swelled
  • ,
  • vainglorious

9. (of animals) fully developed

  • "An adult animal"
  • "A grown woman"
    synonym:
  • adult
  • ,
  • big
  • ,
  • full-grown
  • ,
  • fully grown
  • ,
  • grown
  • ,
  • grownup

10. Marked by intense physical force

  • "A big wind"
    synonym:
  • big

11. Generous and understanding and tolerant

  • "A heart big enough to hold no grudges"
  • "That's very big of you to be so forgiving"
  • "A large and generous spirit"
  • "A large heart"
  • "Magnanimous toward his enemies"
    synonym:
  • big
  • ,
  • large
  • ,
  • magnanimous

12. Given or giving freely

  • "Was a big tipper"
  • "The bounteous goodness of god"
  • "Bountiful compliments"
  • "A freehanded host"
  • "A handsome allowance"
  • "Saturday's child is loving and giving"
  • "A liberal backer of the arts"
  • "A munificent gift"
  • "Her fond and openhanded grandfather"
    synonym:
  • big
  • ,
  • bighearted
  • ,
  • bounteous
  • ,
  • bountiful
  • ,
  • freehanded
  • ,
  • handsome
  • ,
  • giving
  • ,
  • liberal
  • ,
  • openhanded

13. In an advanced stage of pregnancy

  • "Was big with child"
  • "Was great with child"
    synonym:
  • big(p)
  • ,
  • enceinte
  • ,
  • expectant
  • ,
  • gravid
  • ,
  • great(p)
  • ,
  • large(p)
  • ,
  • heavy(p)
  • ,
  • with child(p)

adverb

1. Extremely well

  • "His performance went over big"
    synonym:
  • big

2. In a boastful manner

  • "He talked big all evening"
    synonym:
  • boastfully
  • ,
  • vauntingly
  • ,
  • big
  • ,
  • large

3. On a grand scale

  • "Think big"
    synonym:
  • big

4. In a major way

  • "The play failed big at the box office"
    synonym:
  • big

Examples of using

The house is big.
They should give me the right amount to buy a big car.
Tom is a big railroad executive.