Meaning of BIG in English


I. ˈbig adjective

( big·ger ; big·gest )

Etymology: Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect bugge important man

Date: 14th century


a. obsolete : of great strength

b. : of great force

a big storm


a. : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

a big house

also : large or great in quantity, number, or amount

a big fleet

b. : operating on a large scale

big government

c. : capital 1


a. : pregnant ; especially : nearly ready to give birth

b. : full to bursting : swelling

big with rage

c. of the voice : full and resonant


a. : chief , preeminent

the big issue of the campaign

b. : outstandingly worthy or able

a truly big man

c. : of great importance or significance

the big moment

d. : imposing , pretentious ; also : marked by or given to boasting

big talk

e. : magnanimous , generous

was big about it

5. : popular

soft drinks are very big in Mexico — Russ Leadabrand

6. : full-bodied and flavorful — used of wine

• big·ly adverb

• big·ness noun

- big on

II. adverb

Date: 1807

1. : in a loud or declamatory manner ; also : in a boasting manner

talk big


a. : to a large amount or extent

won big

lost big

b. : on a large scale

think big

worry big

3. : hard

hits her forehand big

III. noun

Date: 1965

: an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power ; especially : major league — usually used in plural

playing in the big s

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.