big

Something big is just plain large or important. A big class has a lot of kids. A big room is larger than average. A big newspaper story is one that makes the front page.

Some people hate the idea of "big government" which means a federal government that plays a significant role in the day-to-day lives of its people. You might talk big at your reunion, but you really haven't traveled the world. (You went to Hoboken and Walla Walla!) Big can also pertain to age, as in "Will you be a big girl and get dressed all by yourself?"

Primary Meanings of big

1.
adjadv
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
extremely well
2.
adj
conspicuous in position or importance
3.
adj
(of animals) fully developed
4.
adj
generous and understanding and tolerant
5.
adjadv
exhibiting self-importance
in a boastful manner
6.
adj
in an advanced stage of pregnancy
Full Definitions of big
1

adj above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

“set out for the big city”
“a big (or large) barn”
big businesses”
“a big expenditure”
“a big group of scientists”
Synonyms:
large
ample, sizable, sizeable
fairly large
astronomic, astronomical, galactic
inconceivably large
bear-sized
large as a bear
bigger, larger
large or big relative to something else
biggish, largish
somewhat large
blown-up, enlarged
as of a photograph; made larger
bouffant, puffy
being puffed out; used of hair style or clothing
broad, spacious, wide
very large in expanse or scope
bulky
of large size for its weight
capacious
large in capacity
colossal, prodigious, stupendous
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
deep
large in quantity or size
double
large enough for two
enormous, tremendous
extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
cosmic
inconceivably extended in space or time
elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumbo
of great mass; huge and bulky
epic, heroic, larger-than-life
very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)
extended, extensive
large in spatial extent or range or scope or quantity
gigantic, mammoth
so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth
great
relatively large in size or number or extent; larger than others of its kind
grand
large and impressive in physical size or extent
Brobdingnagian, huge, immense, vast
unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
hulking, hulky
of great size and bulk
banging, humongous, thumping, walloping, whopping
(used informally) very large
king-size, king-sized
extra large
large-mouthed
having a relatively large mouth
large-scale
unusually large in scope
large-scale
constructed or drawn to a big scale
full-size, life-size, life-sized, lifesize
being of the same size as an original
macroscopic, macroscopical
large enough to be visible with the naked eye
macro
very large in scale or scope or capability
man-sized
very large; appropriate to the size of a man
massive, monolithic, monumental
imposing in size or bulk or solidity
massive
imposing in scale or scope or degree or power
medium-large
of anything that is large but not the largest
monstrous
abnormally large
mountainous
like a mountain in size and impressiveness
outsize, outsized, oversize, oversized
larger than normal for its kind
overlarge, too large
excessively large
plumping
very large; of exceptional size for its kind
queen-size, queen-sized
(used especially of beds) not as large as king-size
rangy
allowing ample room for ranging
super
extremely large
titanic
of great force or power
volumed
formed or rising in rounded masses
voluminous
large in volume or bulk
whacking
(British informal) enormous
wide-ranging
including much
Antonyms:
little, small
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
atomic
immeasurably small
subatomic
of smaller than atomic dimensions
bantam, diminutive, flyspeck, lilliputian, midget, petite, tiny
very small
bittie, bitty, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, teensy, teensy-weensy, teentsy, teeny, teeny-weeny, wee, weensy, weeny
(used informally) very small
dinky
small and insignificant
dwarfish
atypically small
elfin, elflike
small and delicate
gnomish
used of small deformed creatures
half-size
half the usual or regular size
infinitesimal, minute
infinitely or immeasurably small
lesser
smaller in size or amount or value
microscopic, microscopical
so small as to be invisible without a microscope
micro
extremely small in scale or scope or capability
miniature
being on a very small scale
miniscule, minuscule
very small
olive-sized
about the size of an olive
pocket-size, pocket-sized, pocketable
small enough to be carried in a garment pocket
puny, runty, shrimpy
(used especially of persons) of inferior size
slender, slim
small in quantity
littler, smaller
small or little relative to something else
smallish
rather small
small-scale
created or drawn on a small scale
undersize, undersized
smaller than normal for its kind
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adj very intense

“in a big rage”
Synonyms:
bad
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

adj marked by intense physical force

“a big wind”
Synonyms:
heavy
of great intensity or power or force

adj loud and firm

“a big voice”
big bold piano sounds”
Synonyms:
loud
characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity

adj prodigious

big spender”
big eater”
Synonyms:
heavy
intemperate
excessive in behavior

adv extremely well

“his performance went over big

adv on a grand scale

“think big
Antonyms:
small
on a small scale

adv in a major way

“the play failed big at the box office”
2

adj conspicuous in position or importance

“a big figure in the movement”
big man on campus”
Synonyms:
large, prominent
conspicuous
obvious to the eye or mind

adj significant

“graduation was a big day in his life”
Synonyms:
important, of import
of great significance or value
3

adj (of animals) fully developed

Synonyms:
adult, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup
mature
having reached full natural growth or development
4

adj generous and understanding and tolerant

“a heart big enough to hold no grudges”
“that's very big of you to be so forgiving”
Synonyms:
large, magnanimous
generous
not petty in character and mind

adj given or giving freely

“was a big tipper”
Synonyms:
bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, liberal, openhanded
generous
willing to give and share unstintingly
5

adj exhibiting self-importance

big talk”
Synonyms:
boastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing
proud
feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

adj feeling self-importance

“too big for his britches”
Synonyms:
swelled, vainglorious
proud
feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

adv in a boastful manner

“he talked big all evening”
Synonyms:
boastfully, large, vauntingly
6

adj in an advanced stage of pregnancy

“was big with child”
Synonyms:
enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, heavy, large, with child
pregnant
carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life

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