(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

- set out for the big city

- a big (or large) barn

- big businesses

Similar word(s): ample, sizable, sizeable, astronomic, astronomical, galactic, bigger, larger, biggish, largish, enlarged, bouffant, puffy, broad, spacious, wide, bulky, capacious, colossal, prodigious, stupendous, deep, double, enormous, tremendous, cosmic, elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumbo, epic, heroic, extended, extensive, gigantic, mammoth, great, grand, brobdingnagian, huge, immense, vast, hulking, hulky, banging, humongous, thumping, walloping, whopping, lifesize, macroscopic, macroscopical, macro, massive, monolithic, monumental, monstrous, mountainous, outsize, outsized, oversize, oversized, overlarge, plumping, rangy, super, titanic, volumed, voluminous, whacking, large

2. significant

- graduation was a big day in his life

Similar word(s): important

3. very intense

- in a big rage

- had a big (or bad) shock

Similar word(s): intense, bad

4. loud and firm

- a big voice

- big bold piano sounds

Similar word(s): loud

5. noticeable in position or importance

- a big figure in the movement

- big man on campus

Similar word(s): conspicuous, large, prominent

6. prodigious

- big spender

- big eater

Similar word(s): intemperate, heavy

7. exhibiting self-importance

- big talk

Similar word(s): proud, boastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, crowing

8. feeling self-importance

- too big for his britches

Similar word(s): proud, swelled, vainglorious

9. (of animals) fully developed

Similar word(s): mature, adult, grown, grownup

10. marked by intense physical force

- a big wind

Similar word(s): heavy

11. generous and understanding and tolerant

- a heart big enough to hold no grudges

- that's very big of you to be so forgiving

Similar word(s): generous, large, magnanimous

12. generous.

- was a big tipper

Similar word(s): generous, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, giving, handsome, liberal, openhanded

13. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

- was big with child

Similar word(s): pregnant, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, heavy, large

Sentences with big as an adjective:

- Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.

- There were concerns about the ethics of big science.

- That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.

- Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.

- Gosh, she is big!

- What's so big about that? I do it all the time.

- I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.

- 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.

- She was big with child.

- You are a big liar.  Why are you in such a big hurry?


1. extremely well

- his performance went over big

2. in a boastful manner

- he talked big all evening

Similar word(s): boastfully, large, vauntingly

3. on a grand scale

- think big

4. in a major way

- the play failed big at the box office

Sentences with big as an adverb:

- He's always talking big, but he never delivers.

- He won big betting on the croquet championship.

- You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.

- He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.


1. An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.

2. (as plural) The big leagues, big time.

3. One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.


1. (transitive) To praise or recommend

2. (transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to inhabit; occupy

3. (reflexive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to locate one's self

4. (transitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to build; erect; fashion

5. (intransitive, archaic or Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) to dwell; have a dwelling