big

big
I. adjective (bigger; biggest) Etymology: Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect bugge important man Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete of great strength b. of great force <
a big storm
>
2. a. large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent <
a big house
>
; also large or great in quantity, number, or amount <
a big fleet
>
b. operating on a large scale <
big government
>
c. capital 1 3. a. pregnant; especially nearly ready to give birth b. full to bursting ; swelling <
big with rage
>
c. of the voice full and resonant 4. a. chief, preeminent <
the big issue of the campaign
>
b. outstandingly worthy or able <
a truly big man
>
c. of great importance or significance <
the big moment
>
d. imposing, pretentious; also marked by or given to boasting <
big talk
>
e. magnanimous, generous <
was big about it
>
5. popular <
soft drinks are very big in Mexico — Russ Leadabrand
>
6. full-bodied and flavorful — used of wine • bigly adverbbigness noun II. adverb Date: 1807 1. in a loud or declamatory manner; also in a boasting manner <
talk big
>
2. a. to a large amount or extent <
won big
>
<
lost big
>
b. on a large scale <
think big
>
<
worry big
>
3. hard <
hits her forehand big
>
III. noun Date: 1965 an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power; especially major league — usually used in plural <
playing in the bigs
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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