The big houses, and there are a good many of them, lie for the most part in what may be called by courtesy the valleys. You catch a glimpse of them sometimes at a little distance from the [railway] line,[…], with their court of farm and church and clustered village, in dignified seclusion.
(of an industry or other field, often capitalized) Thought to have undue influence.
Synonyms:all the rage, in demand, well liked
Synonyms:adult, fully grown, grown up; see also Thesaurus:full-grown
1931, Robert L. May, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Montgomery Ward (publisher), draft:
By midnight, however, the last light had fled / For even big people have then gone to bed[.]
Synonyms:chubby, plus-size, rotund; see also Thesaurus:overweight
(informal) Important or significant.
Synonyms:essential, paramount, weighty; see also Thesaurus:important
"I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I'd be a big man some day, and—I'm glad I didn't steal."
(informal, with on) Enthusiastic (about).
Synonyms:fanatical, mad, worked up; see also Thesaurus:enthusiastic
2019, Louise Taylor, Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Women’s World Cup final (in The Guardian, 2 July 2019)
Neville is big on standing by his principles and he deserves plaudits for acknowledging he got his starting system wrong, reverting to 4-2-3-1 and introducing Kirby in the No 10 role.
(informal, transitive with of) Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.
(informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.
Synonyms:busty, macromastic, stacked; see also Thesaurus:busty
(sometimes figuratively) Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.
Synonyms:full, great, heavy; see also Thesaurus:pregnant
(Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison (1672–1719)
[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
(informal)Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns
(of a city)populous
(informal, slang, rare, of somebody's age) old, mature. Used to imply that somebody is too old for something, or acting immaturely.
2020, Candice Carty-Williams, Notting Hill Carnival
I don't think so, if you're shouting at people across the playground at your big age.
big (comparativebigger, superlativebiggest)
In a loud manner.
In a boasting manner.
He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
In a large amount or to a large extent.
He won big betting on the croquet championship.
On a large scale, expansively.
You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.
Someone or something that is large in stature
An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
(as plural) The big leagues, big time.
(BDSM, slang)The participant in ageplay who acts out the older role.
(big leagues):major leagues
big (third-person singular simple presentbigs, present participlebigging, simple past and past participlebigged) (up)
(transitive) To praise, recommend, or promote.
From Middle Englishbiggen, byggen, from Old Norsebyggja, byggva(“to build, dwell in, inhabit”), a secondary form of Old Norsebúa(“to dwell”), related to Old Englishbūan(“to dwell”). Cognate with Danishbygge, Swedishbygga.
big (third-person singular simple presentbigs, present participlebigging, simple past and past participlebigged)
(transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to inhabit; occupy
(reflexive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to locate oneself
(transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to build; erect; fashion
(intransitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to dwell; have a dwelling
From Middle Englishbyge, from Old Norsebygg(“barley, probably Hordeum vulgare, common barley”), from Proto-Germanic*bewwuz(“crop, barley”). Cognate with Old Englishbēow(“barley”).
One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.
GBI, GiB, Gib., gib
From Middle Dutchbagge, vigge. Originally a word exclusive to the Northern Dutch dialects.
bigm or f (pluralbiggen, diminutivebiggetjen)
piglet, little pig
inflection of beag:
vocative/genitive masculine singular
(archaic) dative feminine singular
big shot, big noise
From Old Norsebyggja(“inhabit, build”).
big (third-person singular presentbigs, present participlebiggin, pastbiggit, past participlebiggit)
Torres Strait Creole
From Englishbig, cognate with (the first part of) Bislamabikfala, bigfala, Pijinbigfala, Tok Pisinbikpela.
Soft mutation of pig.
Cognates: Navajo-bid, Plains Apache-bid.
belly, stomach, abdomen
The form -big occurs in the White Mountain varieties; -bid occurs in San Carlos and Dilzhe’eh (Tonto).