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WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • 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
  • 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"
  • marked by intense physical force
  • "a big wind"
  • significant
  • "graduation was a big day in his life"
  • 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 o
  • loud and firm
  • "a big voice"
  • "big bold piano sounds"
  • (of animals) fully developed
  • "an adult animal"
  • "a grown woman"
  • very intense
  • "a bad headache"
  • "in a big rage"
  • "had a big (or bad) shock"
  • "a bad earthquake"
  • "a bad storm"
  • feeling self-importance
  • "too big for his britches"
  • "had a swelled head"
  • "he was swelled with pride"
  • exhibiting self-importance
  • "big talk"
  • of very great significance
  • "deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision"
  • "a momentous event"
  • in a boastful manner
  • "he talked big all evening"
  • in a major way
  • "the play failed big at the box office"
  • on a grand scale
  • "think big"
  • extremely well
  • "his performance went over big"
big
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large. "He's too big to go in there." Shak.

    2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; -- often figuratively.

    "[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome. Addison." --

    3. 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.

    "God hath not in heaven a bigger argument. Jer. Taylor." --

    [MORE]
    Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big- voiced.

    To talk big
    to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously.

    "I talked big to them at first. De Foe." --

    Syn. -- Bulky; large; great; massive; gross.

  • 1. Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.

    ""Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg." New English Dict." --

  • 1. To build. [Scot. & North of Eng. Dial.] Sir W. Scott.

 

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