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- 6 Torres Strait Creole
- 7 Welsh
- 8 Western Apache
- Of great size, large.
- Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.
- 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter III, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
- 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
- Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
- (of an industry or other field) Thought to have undue influence.
- There were concerns about the ethics of big science.
- That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
- (informal) Adult.
- Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.
- 1931, Robert L. May, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Montgomery Ward (publisher), draft:
- By midnight, however, the last light had fled / For even big people have then gone to bed[.]
- (informal) Fat.
- Gosh, she is big!
- (informal) Important or significant.
- What's so big about that? I do it all the time.
- 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
- "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. I never did that. I always made up my mind I'd be a big man some day, and—I'm glad I didn't steal."
- 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3-3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport:
- It proved a big miss as Hoilett produced a sublime finish into the top corner of the net from 20 yards after evading a couple of challenges in first-half stoppage time.
- (informal, with on) Enthusiastic (about).
- I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.
- (transitive with of) (informal) Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.
- That's very big of you, thank you!
- I tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.
- 2011, Joe Pieri, The Big Men, →ISBN:
- So the bloke says, 'Fine, that's real big of you, much appreciated,' and off he goes with Big John back to Ferrari's.
- (informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.
- Whoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.
- (sometimes figuratively) Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.
- She was big with child.
- (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns
- You are a big liar. Why are you in such a big hurry?
- (of a city) populous
- (of a great size): ample, huge, large, sizeable, stoor, jumbo, massive
- (adult): adult, fully grown, grown up
- See also Thesaurus:big
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- In a loud manner.
- In a boasting manner.
- He's always talking big, but he never delivers.
- In a large amount or to a large extent.
- He won big betting on the croquet championship.
- On a large scale, expansively.
- 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 3, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 25:
- 'You've got to put it over big,' he was saying in a loud nasal voice.
- You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.
- He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.
big (plural bigs)
- Someone or something that is large in stature
- An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
- (as plural) The big leagues, big time.
- 2004 June 23, Michelle Boorstein, “Ballclub^s Pullout Caps Va. Town^s Run of Woes; Struggling Martinsville No Longer Celebrates Its Boys of Summer”, in Washington Post:
- In the Appalachian League, where Cal Ripken once played in Bluefield, W.Va., a ballplayer's chances of making it to the bigs are less than one in six.
- (BDSM, slang) The participant in ageplay who acts out the older role.
- (big leagues): major leagues
- (BDSM): little
- (transitive) To praise, recommend, or promote.
- 2017, Daniel Tammet, Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing, →ISBN, page 162:
- Some say of me, "There's Adrian again in the media, bigging himself up.
From Middle English biggen, byggen, from Old Norse byggja, byggva (“to build, dwell in, inhabit”), a secondary form of Old Norse búa (“to dwell”), related to Old English būan (“to dwell”). Cognate with Danish bygge, Swedish bygga.
- (transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to inhabit; occupy
- (reflexive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to locate oneself
- (transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to build; erect; fashion
- (intransitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to dwell; have a dwelling
- inflection of :
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big m (invariable)
- to build
Torres Strait Creole
- Soft mutation of pig.
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possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
big (inalienable, e.g., shibig "my belly", bibig "her/his/their belly")
- The form -big occurs in the White Mountain varieties; -bid occurs in San Carlos and Dilzhe’eh (Tonto).