English dictionary

big meaning and definition

BIG adjective

Definition of big (adjective)

  1. 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 of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
    • synonyms: large
    • antonym: little
  2. significant
    • "graduation was a big day in his life"
  3. very intense
    • "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"
    • synonyms: bad
  4. loud and firm
    • "a big voice"; "big bold piano sounds"
  5. 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"
    • synonyms: large, prominent
  6. prodigious
    • "big spender"; "big eater"; "heavy investor"
    • synonyms: heavy
  7. exhibiting self-importance
  8. feeling self-importance
    • "too big for his britches"; "had a swelled head"; "he was swelled with pride"
    • synonyms: swelled, vainglorious
  9. (of animals) fully developed
  10. marked by intense physical force
    • "a big wind"
  11. 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"
    • synonyms: large, magnanimous
  12. 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 openhanded grandfather"
    • synonyms: bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, liberal, openhanded
  13. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

BIG adverb

Definition of big (adverb)

  1. extremely well
    • "his performance went over big"
  2. in a boastful manner
  3. on a grand scale
    • "think big"
    • antonym: small
  4. in a major way
    • "the play failed big at the box office"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet