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spoken English68.72%written English31.28% conversational speech63.98%task-oriented speech36.02% imaginative writing58.47%informational writing41.53%
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Big is sometimes a misspelling of beg, bridge or bug.

The word big is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective big

What does big mean as an attribute of a noun?

Big is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: bigger | biggest

  1. above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. significant
  3. very intense
    • examples: in a big rage | had a big (or bad) shock
    • synonym of big: bad
    • similar: intense
  4. loud and firm
    • examples: a big voice | big bold piano sounds
    • similar: loud
  5. conspicuous in position or importance
  6. prodigious
    • examples: big spender | big eater
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of big: heavy
    • similar: intemperate
  7. exhibiting self-importance
  8. feeling self-importance
  9. (of animals) fully developed
  10. marked by intense physical force
    • example: a big wind
    • similar: heavy
  11. generous and understanding and tolerant
    • examples: a heart big enough to hold no grudges | that's very big of you to be so forgiving
    • synonyms of big: large / magnanimous
    • similar: generous
  12. given or giving freely
  13. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Alternative definition of the adjective big


  1. Of great size, large.
  2. [context: of an industry or other field] Thought to have undue influence.
  3. See Popular.
  4. [informal] Adult.
  5. [informal] Fat.
  6. [informal] Important or significant.
  7. [informal, with on] Enthusiastic (about).
  8. [informal] Mature, conscientious, principled.

Definition of the adverb big

What does big mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. extremely well
    • example: his performance went over big
  2. in a boastful manner
  3. on a grand scale
    • example: think big
    • antonym: small
  4. in a major way
    • example: the play failed big at the box office

Alternative definition of the adverb big


  1. In a loud manner.
  2. In a boasting manner.
  3. In a large amount or to a large extent.
  4. On a large scale, expansively
  5. See Hard.

Definition of the noun big

What does big mean as a name of something?


  1. An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.
  2. [context: as plural] The big leagues, big time


  1. "Big" is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard, and Robert Loggia and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
  2. Big is a 2012 South Korean television series starring Gong Yoo and Lee Min-jung. The romantic comedy/body swap series aired on KBS2 from June 4 to July 24, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
    • begun on and completed on
    • 16 episodes
    • country: South Korea
    • regular cast:
    • genres: Korean drama, Miniseries, Fantasy, Comedy, Drama


"Big" a.k.a. "Big!" is a book by Neil W. Hiller & Bonnie Bryant.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1988


  1. "Big" a.k.a. "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune": Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is a 2007 action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game developed by Naughty Dog, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 3. It is the first game in the Uncharted series. Combining action-adventure and platforming elements with a third-person perspective, the game charts the journey of protagonist Nathan Drake, supposed descendant of the explorer Sir Francis Drake, as he seeks the lost treasure of El Dorado, with the help of journalist Elena Fisher and mentor Victor Sullivan.
  2. "BIG" is a video game.
    • developer: Free Mind Software
    • genre: Action game
    • publisher: Hurtownia Oprogramowania USER


Big is a fictional character from the 2003 film Running on Karma.


  1. "Big" is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Macy Gray, released in the United States on March 27, 2007 by Geffen Records. It is Gray's first studio album in four years.
  2. "Big" is a musical album of Howard Shore, soundtrack.
    • also known as Big Soundtrack
    • released on (13 years ago)
  3. "Big" a.k.a. "Wake Up & Dream" is a musical album of Qkumba Zoo.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Big" is a musical album of De Phazz & hr-Bigband.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  5. "Big" is a musical single of New Fast Automatic Daffodils.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  6. "Big" is a musical album of G-Eazy.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Big" is a musical album of Parentz.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "BIG" is a musical EP of Big2DaBoy.
  9. "Big" is a musical single of Sneaky Sound System.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  10. "Big" is a musical album of Marius Müller's Funhouse.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  11. "Big" is a musical album of New Cool Collective.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  12. "Big" is a musical album of Poley/Pichler.
  13. "Big" is a musical album of The Bluehouse.
  14. "Big" is a musical album of Luca Little.
  15. "Big" is a composition.


  1. Big a.k.a. Mal Evans: Malcolm Frederick "Mal" Evans was best known as the road manager, assistant, and a friend of the Beatles.
  2. Big a.k.a. Bryan Johnson: Bryan Lee Johnson is a writer, actor, podcaster, screenwriter and comic book writer associated with Kevin Smith and the View Askewniverse. He is best known by his local fame in New Jersey and appearances in filmmaker Smith's New Jersey films as comic book fan Steve-Dave Pulasti. He was also the basis for the Clerks character Randal Graves. Through his friendship with Smith, he was often involved in his productions until Smith moved to Los Angeles. He worked briefly at the Los Angeles branch of Smith's comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. He became co-host of the Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! podcast with friend Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn. He also stars in the AMC reality series Comic Book Men.
  3. Big a.k.a. Jim West: "Big" Jim West born in New South Wales is an Australian professional fly/super fly/bantam/super bantam/feather/super feather/light/light welter/welterweight boxer of the 1970s and '80s who won the Australian flyweight title, New South Wales State bantamweight title, Australian super featherweight title, and Commonwealth flyweight title, and was a challenger for the Australian bantamweight title against Brian Roberts, and Matt Ropis, Australian super featherweight title against Paul Ferreri, New South Wales State lightweight title against Willie Tarika, and New South Wales State light welterweight title against Gary Rosen, his professional fighting weight varied from 110 lb, i.e. flyweight to 143 ¹⁄₄ lb, i.e. welterweight.

There are other people with in their name, like Big Ali, Big Ang, Big Ash, Big Ben, Big Boi, Big Bow, Big Boy, Big cat, Big Caz, Big Elk and many others.


Big a.k.a. Allen Army Airfield is a public and military use airport serving Fort Greely and located three miles south of the central business district of Delta Junction, a city in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is owned by the United States Army, which has an agreement with the City of Delta Junction for joint use of the airfield by both military and civilian aircraft.


  1. Big a.k.a. Big! is a TV series in which an episode consists of a team of engineers manufacturing the world's biggest items for the sake of setting world records.
  2. Big a.k.a. Big: the musical is a 1996 theater production of the play with a book by John Weidman, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
  3. Big is the second single to be taken from Australian dance-duo Sneaky Sound System.
  4. Big is the first single by Australian rock band Dead Letter Circus from their debut studio album This Is the Warning. It is the band's fifth single overall, following "The Space on the Wall", "Next in Line", "Reaction", and "Disconnect and Apply". Two of the aforementioned singles, "Next in Line" and "Reaction", are to be featured on This Is the Warning, but "Big" is the first official single from the album.
  5. Big is an award-nominated theater production.

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Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions (1999)

by Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber

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Usage statistics about big

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective big:

spoken English68.72%written English31.28% conversational speech63.98%task-oriented speech36.02% imaginative writing58.47%informational writing41.53%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective big:


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Quotes about Big

I want a big career, a big man, and a big life. You have to think big - that's the only way to get it... I just couldn't stand being anonymous. (Mia Farrow)
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Scrabble value of B3I1G2

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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