Meaning of BIG in English


■ adjective ( ~ger , ~gest )

1》 of considerable size, power, or extent.

↘larger than others of the same kind.

↘ informal exciting great interest or popularity.

2》 of considerable importance or seriousness.

3》 informal, often ironic generous.

■ verb ( ~ someone/thing up ) black slang praise or recommend someone or something highly.


the Big Apple informal New York City.

~ money ( chiefly N. Amer. also ~ bucks ) informal large amounts of money.

the ~ screen informal the cinema.

~ tent a political party's policy of permitting and encouraging a broad spectrum of views among its members: [as modifier ] a ~-tent campaign.

~ with child archaic advanced in pregnancy.

give someone the ~ E Brit. informal reject someone. [ E from elbow .]

talk ~ informal talk confidently or boastfully.

think ~ informal be ambitious.

too ~ for one's boots informal conceited.


~gish adjective

~ness noun


ME: of unknown origin.

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