Big (?), a. [compar. Bigger; superl. Biggest.] [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.]


Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large.

"He's too big to go in there."



Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; -- often figuratively.

[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome. Addison.


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.

Syn. -- Bulky; large; great; massive; gross.


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Big, Bigg, n. [OE. bif, bigge; akin to Icel. bygg, Dan. byg, Sw. bjugg.] Bot.

Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.

"Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg." New English Dict.


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Big, Bigg, v. t. [OE. biggen, fr. Icel. byggja to inhabit, to build, ba (neut.) to dwell (active) to make ready. See Boor, and Bound.]

To build.

[Scot. & North of Eng. Dial.]

Sir W. Scott.


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