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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
big (adjective)
1.
a) obsolete of great strength
b) of great force - a big storm
2.
a) large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent - a big house , also large or great in quantity, number, or amount - a big fleet
b) operating on a large scale - big government
c) - capital
3.
a) - pregnant , especially nearly ready to give birth
b) full to bursting - swelling big with rage
c) of the voice full and resonant
4.
a) - chief preeminent the big issue of the campaign
b) outstandingly worthy or able - a truly big man
c) of great importance or significance - the big moment
d) - imposing pretentious , also marked by or given to boasting - big talk
e) - magnanimous generous was big about it
5.
- popular soft drinks are very big in Mexico Russ Leadabrand
6.
full-bodied and flavorful - used of wine
big (adverb)
1.
in a loud or declamatory manner , also in a boasting manner - talk big
2.
a) to a large amount or extent - won big
b) on a large scale - think big
3.
- hard hits her forehand big
big (noun)
an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power , especially - major league usually used in plural playing in the bigs
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
big (adjective)
1.
having great meaning or lasting effect
SYNONIMS:
big, consequential, earthshaking, earth-shattering, eventful, historic, major, material, meaningful, momentous, monumental, much, significant, substantial, tectonic, weighty
RELATED WORDS:
decisive, fatal, fateful, strategic; earnest, grave, heavy, serious, sincere; distinctive, exceptional, impressive, outstanding, prominent, remarkable; valuable, worthwhile, worthy; distinguished, eminent, great, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, preeminent, prestigious; famous, notorious, renowned; all-important, central, critical, crucial, essential, key, pivotal, seminal, vital
NEAR ANTONYMS:
paltry, petty, worthless; anonymous, nameless, obscure, uncelebrated, unknown
inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, small, trifling, trivial, unimportant
big (adjective)
2.
of a size greater than average of its kind
SYNONIMS:
big, biggish, boxcar, bulky, considerable, goodly, grand, great, handsome, hefty, hulking, husky, largish, outsize ( outsized), oversize ( oversized), sizable ( sizeable), substantial, tidy, voluminous
RELATED WORDS:
astronomical ( astronomic), Brobdingnagian, bumper, Bunyanesque, cavernous, colossal, cosmic ( cosmical), cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, gigantic, gross, hellacious, herculean, heroic ( heroical), Himalayan, huge, humongous ( humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size ( king-sized), leviathan, major, mammoth, massive, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, pharaonic, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, super, super-duper, supersized, titanic, tremendous, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping; excessive, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, immoderate, inordinate; abundant, ample, appreciable, copious, plentiful; fat, thick; capacious, commodious, roomy, spacious
NEAR ANTONYMS:
diminutive, half-pint, infinitesimal, Lilliputian, little-bitty, microminiature, microscopic ( microscopical), mini, miniature, minuscule, minute, pint-size ( pint-sized), pocket-size ( pocket-sized), pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee; petite, slender, slight, slim, thin
bantam, dinky, dwarf, dwarfish, little, puny, shrimpy, small, smallish, undersized ( undersize)
big (adjective)
3.
having, characterized by, or arising from a dignified and generous nature
SYNONIMS:
big, chivalrous, elevated, gallant, great, greathearted, high, high-minded, lofty, lordly, magnanimous, natural, sublime
RELATED WORDS:
ennobled, exalted, glorified; heroic ( heroical), honorable, valiant, venerable, worthy; knightly, princely, regal; inspiring, moving, numinous, uplifting; august, magnificent, majestic
NEAR ANTONYMS:
sordid, squalid, vile, wretched; abominable, contemptible, despicable, detestable, hateful, offensive, repulsive, ugly, vicious; dastardly, dirty, lousy, sorry; little, mean, narrow, small-minded; degrading, discreditable, humiliating, ignominious; coarse, crude, vulgar
base, debased, degenerate, degraded, ignoble, low
big (adjective)
4.
having an abundance of some characteristic quality (as flavor)
SYNONIMS:
big, concentrated, full, heady, lusty, muscular, plush, potent, rich, robust, strong
RELATED WORDS:
heavy; straight, undiluted, unmixed; high-octane, high-test; enriched, fortified; concentrated
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dilute, diluted, watered-down, watery
delicate, light, mild, thin, thinned, weak, weakened
big (adjective)
5.
coming before all others in importance
SYNONIMS:
arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one ( No. 1), numero uno, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign ( sovran), supreme
RELATED WORDS:
distinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled ( unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renowned
NEAR ANTONYMS:
inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary
last, least
big (adjective)
6.
enjoying widespread favor or approval
SYNONIMS:
big, crowd-pleasing, du jour, faddish, faddy, fashionable, favorite, happening, hot, in, large, modish, pop, popularized, red-hot, vogue, voguish
RELATED WORDS:
semipopular; favorite, preferred, selected; desirable, liked, wanted; celebrated, famed, famous, noted, notorious, prominent, renowned, well-known; fabled, fabulous, legendary; leading, notable, outstanding, prominent, remarkable; important, significant
NEAR ANTONYMS:
washed-up; despised, detested, disliked, hated, rejected; insignificant, unimportant; indistinguished, unexceptional; anonymous, nameless, obscure, unknown; inconspicuous
out, unfashionable, unpopular
big (adjective)
7.
containing unborn young within the body
SYNONIMS:
big, caught, enceinte, expectant, expecting, gone, gravid, heavy, quick
RELATED WORDS:
parturient, prenatal; childbearing, gestational; brooding; conceiving, impregnated
NEAR ANTONYMS:
barren, infertile; aborting, miscarrying; delivered
nonpregnant
big (noun)
1.
one of high position or importance within a group
SYNONIMS:
big, big boy, big cheese, bigfoot, biggie, big gun, big leaguer, big-timer, big wheel, bigwig, fat cat, heavy, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high-muck-a-muck ( high-muckety-muck), honcho, kahuna, kingfish, kingpin, major leaguer, muckety-muck ( muck-a-muck mucky-muck), nabob, nawab, nibs, nob, pooh-bah ( poo-bah), wheel
RELATED WORDS:
baron, czar ( tsar tzar), king, lion, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon; VIP
NEAR ANTONYMS:
inferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity, obscurity
lightweight, nobody, nonentity, nothing, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
big (noun)
Array
the highest level of a field of endeavor
SYNONIMS:
big(s), big league(s), major league
RELATED WORDS:
establishment, old guard
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