- Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large."He's too bigto go in there." [Shak.]
- 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.]"I talked big to them at first." [De Foe.]synonyms: Bulky; large; great; massive; gross.
Note: ☞ Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big-voiced.
Etymology: 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