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big - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'big' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Big [ n.]
- Alt. of Bigg
2 . Big [ superl.]
- Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large.
- Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; -- often figuratively.
- 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.
3 . Big [ v. t.]
- Alt. of Bigg

Meaning of 'big' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . big [ a]
Meaning (1):
- above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
Example in sentence:
  • a big (or large) barn;
  • a big expenditure;
  • a big group of scientists;
  • a large city;
  • a large family;
  • a large number of newspapers;
  • a large sum;
  • big businesses;
  • large areas of the world;
  • set out for the big city
2 . big [ r]
Meaning (2):
- extremely well
Example in sentence:
  • he did splendidly in the exam;
  • his performance went over big;
  • we got along famously
Meaning (3):
- in a boastful manner
Example in sentence:
  • he talked big all evening
Meaning (4):
- in a major way
Example in sentence:
  • the play failed big at the box office
Meaning (5):
- on a grand scale
Example in sentence:
  • think big
6 . big [ s]
Meaning (6):
- very intense
Example in sentence:
  • a bad earthquake;
  • a bad headache;
  • a bad storm;
  • a fiery temper;
  • flaming passions;
  • had a big (or bad) shock;
  • in a big rage
Meaning (7):
- conspicuous in position or importance
Example in sentence:
  • a big figure in the movement;
  • a prominent citizen;
  • big man on campus;
  • he's very large in financial circles
Meaning (8):
- loud and firm
Example in sentence:
  • a big voice;
  • big bold piano sounds
Meaning (9):
- marked by intense physical force
Example in sentence:
  • a big wind
Meaning (10):
- given or giving freely
Example in sentence:
  • a freehanded host;
  • a handsome allowance;
  • a liberal backer of the arts;
  • a munificent gift;
  • bountiful compliments;
  • her fond and openhanded grandfather;
  • Saturday's child is loving and giving;
  • the bounteous goodness of God;
  • was a big tipper
Meaning (11):
- (of animals) fully developed
Example in sentence:
  • a grown woman;
  • an adult animal
Meaning (12):
- generous and understanding and tolerant
Example in sentence:
  • a heart big enough to hold no grudges;
  • a large and generous spirit;
  • a large heart;
  • magnanimous toward his enemies;
  • that's very big of you to be so forgiving
Meaning (13):
- prodigious
Example in sentence:
  • big eater;
  • big spender;
  • heavy investor
Meaning (14):
- exhibiting self-importance
Example in sentence:
  • big talk
Meaning (15):
- significant
Example in sentence:
  • graduation was a big day in his life
Meaning (16):
- feeling self-importance
Example in sentence:
  • had a swelled head;
  • he was swelled with pride;
  • too big for his britches
Meaning (17):
- in an advanced stage of pregnancy
Example in sentence:
  • was big with child;
  • was great with child