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1. Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large. He's too big to go in there.

2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; often figuratively. [Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome. (Addison)

3. Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc, whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride. God hath not in heaven a bigger argument. (Jer. Taylor)

big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big-voiced. To talk big, to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously. I talked big to them at first. (De Foe)

Synonym: Bulky, large, great, massive, gross.

Origin: Perh. From Celtic; cf. W. Beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant, with child, fr. Baich burden, arm. Beac'h; or cf. Oe. Bygly, Icel. Biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then) magnigicent, excellent, fr. Oe. Biggen, Icel. Byggja, to dwell, build, akin to E. Be.


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