1. Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large. "He's too big to go in there."

2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; often figuratively. "[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome." (Addison)

3. 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)

Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big-voiced. To talk big, to talk loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously. "I talked big to them at first." (De Foe)

Synonyms: Bulky, large, great, massive, gross.

Origin: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

<text> Prefix of several LaTeX commands implying a larger symbol. See the command without "big". Often used to convert a dyadic operator into a function which operates on a set. E.g. \sqcup, \bigsqcup.

(01 Feb 1995)

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