Meaning of BIG in English


big 1

— biggish , adj. — bigly , adv.

/big/ , adj., bigger, biggest , adv. , n.


1. large, as in size, height, width, or amount: a big house; a big quantity.

2. of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like: a big problem.

3. outstanding for a specified quality: a big liar; a big success.

4. important, as in influence, standing, or wealth: a big man in his field.

5. grown-up; mature: big enough to know better.

6. elder: my big sister.

7. doing business or conducted on a large scale; major in size or importance: big government.

8. consisting of the largest or most influential companies in an industry: Big steel wants to lower prices, but the smaller mills don't.

9. Informal. known or used widely; popular: Nouvelle cuisine became big in the 1970s.

10. magnanimous; generous; kindly: big enough to forgive.

11. boastful; pompous; pretentious; haughty: a big talker.

12. loud; orotund: a big voice.

13. (of clothing or a clothing design) made of or distinguished by voluminous fabric that is loosely or softly shaped and fitted: a big shirt; the big look.

14. (of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.

15. filled; brimming: eyes big with tears.

16. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.

17. Obs. very strong; powerful.

18. be big on , to have a special liking or enthusiasm for: Mother is big on family get-togethers.

19. big with child . See great (def. 17).


20. Informal. boastfully; pretentiously: to act big; to talk big.

21. Informal. with great success; successfully: to go over big.


22. the bigs , Sports Slang. the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.

[ 1250-1300; ME big ( ge ) ]

Syn. 1. huge, immense; bulky, massive; capacious, voluminous; extensive. See great. 4. consequential. 15. overflowing, flooded.

Ant. 1. little.

big 2

/big/ , v.t., bigged, bigging . Brit. Dial.

to build.

Also, bigg .

[ 1150-1200; ME biggen orig., to inhabit byggja to inhabit, c. OE bu ( i ) an, G bauen ]

big 3

/big/ , n. Scot. and North Eng.

bigg 1 .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .