Pronunciation: (big),[key] —adj.,big•ger, big•gest, —adv., n.
—adj. 1. large, as in size, height, width, or amount: a big house; a big quantity. 2. of major concern, importance, gravity, or the like: a big problem. 3. outstanding for a specified quality: a big liar; a big success. 4. important, as in influence, standing, or wealth: a big man in his field. 5. grown-up; mature: big enough to know better. 6. elder: my big sister. 7. doing business or conducted on a large scale; major in size or importance: big government. 8. consisting of the largest or most influential companies in an industry: Big steel wants to lower prices, but the smaller mills don't. 9. Informal.known or used widely; popular: Nouvelle cuisine became big in the 1970s. 10. magnanimous; generous; kindly: big enough to forgive. 11. boastful; pompous; pretentious; haughty: a big talker. 12. loud; orotund: a big voice. 13. (of clothing or a clothing design) made of or distinguished by voluminous fabric that is loosely or softly shaped and fitted: a big shirt; the big look. 14. (of a wine) having more than average flavor, body, and alcoholic content.
15. filled; brimming: eyes big with tears. 16. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.pregnant.
17. Obs.very strong; powerful.
18. be big on, to have a special liking or enthusiasm for: Mother is big on family get-togethers. 19. big with child. See great (def. 17).
—adv. 1. Informal.boastfully; pretentiously: to act big; to talk big. 2. Informal.with great success; successfully: to go over big.
—n. the bigs,Sports Slang.the highest level of professional competition, as the major leagues in baseball.
Pronunciation: (big),[key] —v.t.,bigged, big•ging.Brit. Dial. to build. Also,bigg.
Pronunciation: (big),[key] —n.Scot. and North Eng. bigg1.