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English adjective: big

1. big above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

SamplesA 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.


Similarample, astronomic, astronomical, banging, bear-sized, bigger, biggish, blown-up, bouffant, broad, Brobdingnagian, bulky, capacious, colossal, cosmic, deep, double, elephantine, enlarged, enormous, epic, extended, extensive, full-size, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, grand, great, heroic, huge, hulking, hulky, humongous, immense, jumbo, king-size, king-sized, large-mouthed, large-scale, large-scale, larger, larger-than-life, largish, life-size, life-sized, lifesize, macro, macroscopic, macroscopical, mammoth, man-sized, massive, massive, medium-large, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, outsize, outsized, overlarge, oversize, oversized, plumping, prodigious, puffy, queen-size, queen-sized, rangy, sizable, sizeable, spacious, stupendous, super, thumping, titanic, too large, tremendous, vast, volumed, voluminous, walloping, whacking, whopping, wide, wide-ranging


Antonymslittle, small

2. big significant

SamplesGraduation was a big day in his life.

Similarimportant, of import

Domain usagecolloquialism


3. big very intense

SamplesA bad headache.
In a big rage.
Had a big (or bad) shock.
A bad earthquake.
A bad storm.




4. big loud and firm

SamplesA big voice.
Big bold piano sounds.



5. big conspicuous in position or importance

SamplesA big figure in the movement.
Big man on campus.
He's very large in financial circles.
A prominent citizen.

Synonymslarge, prominent


Antonymsinconspicuous, invisible

6. big prodigious

SamplesBig spender.
Big eater.
Heavy investor.




7. big exhibiting self-importance

SamplesBig talk.

Synonymsboastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing



8. big feeling self-importance

SamplesToo big for his britches.
Had a swelled head.
He was swelled with pride.

Synonymsswelled, vainglorious



9. big (of animals) fully developed

SamplesAn adult animal.
A grown woman.

Synonymsadult, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup


Domain categoryanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna


10. big marked by intense physical force

SamplesA big wind.



11. big generous and understanding and tolerant

SamplesA 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.

Synonymslarge, magnanimous


Antonymsmeanspirited, ungenerous

12. big given or giving freely

SamplesWas 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.

Synonymsbighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, liberal, openhanded


Antonymsstingy, ungenerous

13. big in an advanced stage of pregnancy

SamplesWas big with child.
Was great with child.

Synonymsenceinte, expectant, gravid, great, heavy, large, with child



English adverb: big

1. big extremely well

SamplesHis performance went over big.

2. big in a boastful manner

SamplesHe talked big all evening.

Synonymsboastfully, large, vauntingly

3. big on a grand scale

SamplesThink big.


4. big in a major way

SamplesThe play failed big at the box office.

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