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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English biggen, from Icelandic. See boor and bound.

Alternative forms[edit]


bigg (third-person singular simple present biggs, present participle bigging, simple past and past participle bigged)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, Scotland, Britain, dialect) To build.
    • 1817, Walter Scott, The Black Dwarf[1], page 78:
      "Biggin' a dry stane dyke [...]"

Etymology 2[edit]

Of Scandinavian origin.


bigg (uncountable)

  1. A kind of barley.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bigg in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)