Adjective: big (bigger,biggest) big
Adverb: big big
- Above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
"set out for the big city"; "a big barn"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a big group of scientists"
- Extremely well
"his performance went over big"
- In a boastful manner
"he talked big all evening"
- boastfully, vauntingly, large
- On a grand scale
- In a major way
"the play failed big at the box office"
Derived forms: bigger, biggest
See also: ample, astronomic, astronomical, banging, bear-sized, bigger, biggish, bigness, blown-up, bouffant, broad, Brobdingnagian, bulky, capacious, colossal, conspicuous, cosmic, deep, double, elephantine, enlarged, enormous, epic, extended, extensive, full-size, galactic, gargantuan, generous, giant, gigantic, ginormous [Brit], grand, great, heavy, heroic, huge, hulking, hulky, humongous, humungous, immense, important, intemperate, intense, jumbo, king-size, king-sized, large-mouthed, larger, larger-than-life, large-scale, largish, lifesize, life-size, life-sized, loud, macro, macroscopic, macroscopical, mammoth, man-size, man-sized, massive, mature, medium-large, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, of import, outsize, outsized, overlarge, oversize, oversized, plumping, pregnant, prodigious, proud, puffy, queen-size, queen-sized, rangy, sizable, size, sizeable, spacious, stupendous, super, thumping, titanic, too large, tremendous, vast, volumed, voluminous, walloping, whacking [Brit], whopping, wide, wide-ranging
Antonym: little, small
Encyclopedia: Big Big, The Musical Big, Bad Rubber Piggy
a big cheese (informal)
a humorous way of referring to an important and powerful person in an organization:
If your boss thinks he's a big cheese, you have to accept that.
the big enchilada (AmE) (informal)
a humorous way of referring to the most important and powerful person, department, etc. in an organization:
Customer Service is the big enchilada.
a big gun (informal)
a person in a particular organization or area who has a lot of influence or power:
They're bringing in the big guns.
the big guns of corporate technology
a big noise/shot (informal)
an important person:
We can't just wait for some big shot to come and save the company.
the big picture (informal)
the situation as a whole:
We need to look at the big picture before focusing on the details.
the big three, four, etc.
the three, four, etc. most important countries, companies, people, etc:
She works for one of the Big Six.
■ adverb ⇨ HIT verb, MAKE verb