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Is big a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word big is a Scrabble US word. The word big is worth 6 points in Scrabble:

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3 letters words from 'big'

BIG 6GIB 6

2 letters words from 'big'

BI 4GI 3

All 3 letters words made out of big

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Definitions and meaning of big

big

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bĭg, IPA(key): /bɪɡ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪɡ

Etymology 1

From a northern Middle English dialectal term big, bigge (powerful, strong) possibly from a dialect of Old Norse. Ultimately perhaps a derivative of Proto-Germanic *bugja- (swollen up, thick), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu- (to swell), in which case big would be related to bogey, bugbear, and bug.

Compare dialectal Norwegian bugge (great man), Low German Bögge, Boggelmann.

Adjective

big (comparative bigger, superlative biggest)

  1. Of great size, large.
    Synonyms: ample, huge, large, sizeable, stoor, jumbo, massive; see also Thesaurus:big
    Antonyms: little, small, tiny, minuscule, miniature, minute
    • 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.
    1. (informal) Fat.
      Synonyms: chubby, plus-size, rotund; see also Thesaurus:overweight
  2. (sometimes figuratively) Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.
    Synonyms: full, great, heavy; see also Thesaurus:pregnant
    • [Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.
  3. (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
  4. (informal) Adult.
    Synonyms: adult, fully grown, grown up; see also Thesaurus:full-grown
    Antonyms: little, young
    • 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[.]
    1. (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.
  5. (informal, transitive with of) Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.
  6. (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."
  7. Popular.
    Synonyms: all the rage, in demand, well liked
  8. (of a city) Populous.
  9. (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns
  10. (of an industry or other field, or institution(s) therein, often capitalized) Operating on a large scale, especially if therefore having undue or sinister influence.
    Big Tech, Big Steel (large or influential tech or steel companies)
    Big Science (science performed by large terms, of large scope, with government or corporate funding)
  11. (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)[3]
      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.
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Translations

Adverb

big (comparative bigger, superlative biggest)

  1. In a loud manner.
  2. In a boasting manner.
    He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
  3. In a large amount or to a large extent.
    He won big betting on the croquet championship.
  4. On a large scale, expansively.
    You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
  5. Hard.
    He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.

Noun

big (plural bigs)

  1. Someone or something that is large in stature
  2. An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
  3. (as plural) The big leagues, big time.
  4. (BDSM, slang) The participant in ageplay who acts out the older role.
Synonyms
  • (big leagues): major leagues
Antonyms
  • (BDSM): little

Verb

big (third-person singular simple present bigs, present participle bigging, simple past and past participle bigged) (up)

  1. (transitive) To praise, recommend, or promote.

Etymology 2

From Middle English biggen, byggen, from Old Norse byggja, byggva (to build, dwell in, inhabit), a secondary form of Old Norse búa (to dwell), related to Old English būan (to dwell). Cognate with Danish bygge, Swedish bygga.

Verb

big (third-person singular simple present bigs, present participle bigging, simple past and past participle bigged)

  1. (transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to inhabit; occupy
  2. (reflexive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to locate oneself
  3. (transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to build; erect; fashion
  4. (intransitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to dwell; have a dwelling

Etymology 3

From Middle English byge, from Old Norse bygg (barley, probably Hordeum vulgare, common barley), from Proto-Germanic *bewwuz (crop, barley). Cognate with Old English bēow (barley).

Alternative forms

  • bigg
  • bygg, bygge (obsolete)

Noun

big (uncountable)

  1. One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.

References

Anagrams

  • GBI, GiB, Gib., gib

Dutch

Etymology

From Middle Dutch bagge, vigge, from Old Dutch *bigga, from Proto-West Germanic *biggō. Originally a word exclusive to the Northern Dutch dialects.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪx/
  • Hyphenation: big
  • Rhymes: -ɪx

Noun

big m or f (plural biggen, diminutive biggetje n)

  1. piglet, little pig
    Synonym: keu

Derived terms

  • biggenkruid

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʲɪɟ/

Adjective

big

  1. inflection of beag:
    1. vocative/genitive masculine singular
    2. (archaic) dative feminine singular

Mutation


Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbiɡ/

Noun

big m (invariable)

  1. star (entertainment)
  2. big shot, big noise

Romagnol

Etymology

English big.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbiɡ/

Noun

big m (plural big)

  1. important person

Scots

Etymology

From Old Norse byggja (inhabit, build).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪɡ/

Verb

big (third-person singular present bigs, present participle biggin, past biggit, past participle biggit)

  1. to build

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English big, cognate with (the first part of) Bislama bikfala, bigfala, Pijin bigfala, Tok Pisin bikpela.

Adjective

big

  1. big

Derived terms


Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /biːɡ/

Noun

big

  1. Soft mutation of pig.

Mutation


Western Apache

Etymology

From Proto-Athabaskan *-wə̓t̕.

Cognates: Navajo -bid, Plains Apache -bid.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [pɪ̀k]

Noun

big (inalienable)

  1. belly, stomach, abdomen

Usage notes

  • The form -big occurs in the White Mountain varieties; -bid occurs in San Carlos and Dilzhe’eh (Tonto).

Source: wiktionary.org
  • to build.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)