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From big +‎ -ness.



bigness (countable and uncountable, plural bignesses)

  1. (now rare) Size. [from 15th c.]
  2. The characteristic of being big. [from 15th c.]
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, chapter III, in Babbitt, New York, N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace and Company, OCLC 844076792:
      It was big—and Babbitt respected bigness in anything; in mountains, jewels, muscles, wealth, or words.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, "Art and the House", The House of Small:[1]
      They liked what they liked—would tolerate no innovations. My change in thought and expression had angered them into fierce denouncement. To expose a thing deeper than its skin surface was to them an indecency. They ridiculed my striving for bigness, depth.