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adj. big·ger, big·gest
a. Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at large.
b. Having great strength or force: a big wind; in a big rage.
c. Of great significance; momentous: a big decision; a big victory.
a. Mature or grown-up: big enough to take the bus by herself.
b. Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling: My big brother is leaving for college next week.
a. Filled up; brimming over: felt big with love.
b. Bountiful; generous: had a big heart.
4. Pregnant: big with child.
a. Having or exercising considerable authority, control, or influence: a big official; a big chief.
b. Conspicuous in position, wealth, or importance; prominent: a big figure in the peace movement.
6. Loud and firm; resounding: a big voice.
7. Informal Widely liked, used, or practiced; popular: "The Minneapolis indie-rock band was big in the blogosphere, beloved by hipsters, and unknown to pretty much everyone else" (Robert Levine).
8. Informal Self-important; cocky: You're too big for your own good.
1. In a pretentious or boastful way: talked big about the new job.
2. Informal
a. With considerable success: made it big with their recent best-selling album.
b. In a thorough or unmistakable way; emphatically: failed big at the box office.
big on
Enthusiastic about; partial to: "a patriotic youth organization big on military-style marching drills" (Earl Swift).

[Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

big′gish adj.
big′ly adv.
big′ness n.
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adj, bigger or biggest
1. of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
2. having great significance; important: a big decision.
3. important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etc: the big four banks.
4. (intensifier usually qualifying something undesirable): a big fool.
5. informal considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way)
a. elder: my big brother.
b. grown-up: when you're big, you can stay up later.
a. generous; magnanimous: that's very big of you.
b. (in combination): big-hearted.
8. (often foll by with) brimming; full: my heart is big with sadness.
9. extravagant; boastful: he's full of big talk.
10. (Cookery) (of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
11. too big for one's boots too big for one's breeches conceited; unduly self-confident
12. in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
13. big on informal enthusiastic about: that company is big on research.
14. boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
15. in an exceptional way; well: his talk went over big with the audience.
16. on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)
[C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect bugge big man]
ˈbiggish adj
ˈbigness n


vb, bigs, bigging, bigged or bug (bʌɡ)
1. to build
2. (Geological Science) to excavate (earth) into a pile
[from Old Norse byggja; related to Old English būian to inhabit]
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adj. big•ger, big•gest,
adv., n. adj.
1. large in size, height, width, or amount: a big house; a big batch.
2. of major concern or importance: a big problem.
3. outstanding: a big success.
4. important; influential: a big activist in politics.
5. grown-up; mature: big enough to know better.
6. elder: my big sister.
7. large-scale and powerful; exercising substantial control and influence: big government.
8. known or used widely; popular: Jazz became big in the 1920s.
9. magnanimous: big enough to forgive.
10. hearty; enthusiastic: He welcomed us in a big way.
11. boastful; pompous: a big talker.
12. loud; orotund: a big voice.
13. filled; brimming: eyes big with tears.
14. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pregnant.
15. boastfully; pretentiously: to talk big.
16. successfully: to go over big.
n. Informal.
17. a person of importance or power: She lunched with a Hollywood big.
18. the bigs, the highest level of competition, esp. baseball's major leagues.
be big on, Informal. to have a special liking or enthusiasm for.
[1275–1325; Middle English big(ge) strong, stout]
big′gish, adj.
big′ly, adv.
big′ness, n.
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Big, large, and great are used to talk about size. They can all be used in front of countable nouns, but only great can be used in front of uncountable nouns.

1. describing objects

Big, large, and great can all be used to describe objects. Big is the word you usually use in conversation. Large is more formal. Great is used in stories to show that something is very impressive because of its size.

'Where is Mark?' – 'Over there, by that big tree.'
The driver swerved to avoid a large tree.
A great tree had fallen across the river.
2. describing amounts

When you are describing amounts, you usually use large.

She made a very large amount of money.
They export large quantities of corn.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'big' to describe amounts. Don't say, for example, 'She made a very big amount of money'.

3. describing feelings

When you are describing feelings or reactions, you usually use great.

He has great hopes for the future.
It was a great relief when we finally got home.

When surprise is a countable noun, you can use either big or great in front of it.

The announcement was a big surprise.
It will be no great surprise if Ryan wins.

Don't use 'large' to describe feelings or reactions.

4. describing problems

When you are describing a problem or danger, you use big or great.

The biggest problem at the moment is unemployment.
Many species are in great danger.

Don't use 'large' to describe a problem or danger.

5. showing importance

Great is used to say that a person or place is important or famous.

He was one of the greatest engineers of this century.
We visited the great cities of Europe.
6. used with other adjectives

In conversation, you can use great and big together in order to emphasize the size of something. You always put great first.

There was a great big hole in the road.

Be Careful!
You can say that someone is in great pain, but you don't usually use 'big', 'large', or 'great' to describe an illness. Instead you use adjectives such as bad, terrible, or severe.

He's off work with a bad cold.
I started getting terrible headaches.
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Past participle: bigged
Gerund: bigging

I big
you big
he/she/it bigs
we big
you big
they big
I bigged
you bigged
he/she/it bigged
we bigged
you bigged
they bigged
Present Continuous
I am bigging
you are bigging
he/she/it is bigging
we are bigging
you are bigging
they are bigging
Present Perfect
I have bigged
you have bigged
he/she/it has bigged
we have bigged
you have bigged
they have bigged
Past Continuous
I was bigging
you were bigging
he/she/it was bigging
we were bigging
you were bigging
they were bigging
Past Perfect
I had bigged
you had bigged
he/she/it had bigged
we had bigged
you had bigged
they had bigged
I will big
you will big
he/she/it will big
we will big
you will big
they will big
Future Perfect
I will have bigged
you will have bigged
he/she/it will have bigged
we will have bigged
you will have bigged
they will have bigged
Future Continuous
I will be bigging
you will be bigging
he/she/it will be bigging
we will be bigging
you will be bigging
they will be bigging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bigging
you have been bigging
he/she/it has been bigging
we have been bigging
you have been bigging
they have been bigging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bigging
you will have been bigging
he/she/it will have been bigging
we will have been bigging
you will have been bigging
they will have been bigging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bigging
you had been bigging
he/she/it had been bigging
we had been bigging
you had been bigging
they had been bigging
I would big
you would big
he/she/it would big
we would big
you would big
they would big
Past Conditional
I would have bigged
you would have bigged
he/she/it would have bigged
we would have bigged
you would have bigged
they would have bigged
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.big - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extentbig - above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a large city"; "set out for the big city"; "a large sum"; "a big (or large) barn"; "a large family"; "big businesses"; "a big expenditure"; "a large number of newspapers"; "a big group of scientists"; "large areas of the world"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
2.big - significantbig - significant; "graduation was a big day in his life"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
3.big - very intensebig - very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
4.big - loud and firmbig - loud and firm; "a big voice"; "big bold piano sounds"
loud - characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones"
5.big - conspicuous in position or importancebig - conspicuous in position or importance; "a big figure in the movement"; "big man on campus"; "he's very large in financial circles"; "a prominent citizen"
conspicuous - obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"
6.big - prodigiousbig - prodigious; "big spender"; "big eater"; "heavy investor"
intemperate - excessive in behavior; "intemperate rage"
7.big - exhibiting self-importancebig - exhibiting self-importance; "big talk"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
8.big - feeling self-importancebig - feeling self-importance; "too big for his britches"; "had a swelled head"; "he was swelled with pride"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
9.big - (of animals) fully developedbig - (of animals) fully developed; "an adult animal"; "a grown woman"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
mature - having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell"
10.big - marked by intense physical forcebig - marked by intense physical force; "a big wind"
heavy - of great intensity or power or force; "a heavy blow"; "the fighting was heavy"; "heavy seas"
11.big - generous and understanding and tolerant; "a heart big enough to hold no grudges"; "that's very big of you to be so forgiving"; "a large and generous spirit"; "a large heart"; "magnanimous toward his enemies"
generous - not petty in character and mind; "unusually generous in his judgment of people"
12.big - given or giving freelybig - given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"
generous - willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"
13.big - in an advanced stage of pregnancybig - in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child"
pregnant - carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life
Adv.1.big - extremely wellbig - extremely well; "his performance went over big"
2.big - in a boastful mannerbig - in a boastful manner; "he talked big all evening"
3.big - on a grand scale; "think big"
small - on a small scale; "think small"
4.big - in a major way; "the play failed big at the box office"
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1. large, great, huge, giant, massive, vast, enormous, considerable, substantial, extensive, immense, spacious, gigantic, monumental, mammoth, bulky, burly, colossal, stellar (informal), prodigious, hulking, ponderous, voluminous, elephantine, ginormous (informal), humongous or humungous (U.S. slang), sizable or sizeable Australia's a big country.
large little, small, tiny, mini, wee, miniature, insignificant, diminutive, petite, pint-sized (informal), pocket-sized, pygmy or pigmy
2. important, serious, significant, grave, urgent, paramount, big-time (informal), far-reaching, momentous, major league (informal), weighty Her problem was just too big for her to tackle on her own.
important ordinary, minor, unknown, modest, humble, insignificant, unimportant, ignoble
3. powerful, important, prime, principal, prominent, dominant, influential, paramount, eminent, puissant Their father was very big in the army.
4. difficult, long, learned, formal, complicated, scholarly, erudite They use a lot of big words.
5. grown-up, adult, grown, mature, elder, full-grown He's a big boy now.
grown-up young, immature
6. generous, good, princely, noble, heroic, gracious, benevolent, disinterested, altruistic, unselfish, magnanimous, big-hearted They describe him as an idealist with a big heart.
"The bigger they come, the harder they fall" [Robert Fitzsimmons]
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1. Notably above average in amount, size, or scope:
Informal: tidy.
2. Having reached full growth and development:
Idiom: of age.
3. Carrying a developing fetus within the uterus:
Slang: gone.
Archaic: great.
4. Full to the point of flowing over:
6. Willing to give of oneself and one's possessions:
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A. ADJ (bigger (compar) (biggest (superl)))
1. (in size) [house, book, city] → grande
a big carun coche grande
a big stickun palo grande
this dress is too big for meeste vestido me queda demasiado grande
how big is the wardrobe?¿cómo es de grande el armario?
he was a big manera un hombre corpulento
a big woman (= heavily-built) → una mujer grande or grandota (euph) (= fat) → una mujer de grandes dimensiones
there's a big backlog of applicationshay un montón de solicitudes atrasadas
to take a big bite out of sthdar un buen bocado a algo
the big cityla gran ciudad
I'm not a big eaterno soy de mucho comer
to get or grow big(ger)crecer
he gave me a big kissme dio un besote or un beso fuerte
he likes using big wordsle gusta usar palabras difíciles GREAT, BIG, LARGE
2. (= significant, serious) [change, problem] → grande
the biggest problem at the moment is unemploymentel mayor problema de hoy día es el desempleo
the big question is, will he accept?la cuestión es: ¿aceptará?
it makes a big differenceeso cambia mucho las cosas
you're making a big mistakeestás cometiendo un grave error
a tragedy? that's rather a big word¿una tragedia? eso es llevar las cosas un poco lejos
3. (= important) [company, bank] → importante, grande
he's one of our biggest customerses uno de nuestros clientes más importantes, es uno de nuestros mayores clientes
this is her big dayhoy es su gran día, hoy es un día muy importante para ella
to be big in publishing/plasticsser muy conocido en el mundo editorial/la industria del plástico
the big matchel partido más importante
4. (in age) [girl, boy] → grande
my big brother/sistermi hermano/a mayor
big boys don't crylos niños grandes no lloran
you're a big girl now!¡ahora ya eres mayorcita!
5. (as intensifier) he's a big cheat/bully/liares un tramposo/un abusón/un mentiroso de marca mayor
6. (in phrases)
the big eight/ten (US) (Univ) las ocho/diez mayores universidades del centro oeste de EE.UU.
to have a big hearttener un gran corazón
what's the big hurry?¿a qué viene tanta prisa?
what's the big idea?¿a qué viene eso?
to have big ideashacerse ilusiones
don't get any big ideasno te hagas muchas ilusiones
there's big money in tourismse puede ganar mucho dinero con el turismo
to make or earn big moneyganar mucho dinero
to have a big mouth (fig) → ser un bocazas
why don't you keep your big mouth shut!¡no seas bocazas!
me and my big mouth!¡quién me manda decir nada!
Mr Bigel número uno
it was big of you to lend them the moneyfue muy generoso de tu parte prestarles el dinero
(that's) big of you!¡qué generosidad la tuya! (iro)
to be big on sth/sbser un fanático de algo/algn
a big one (US) → un billete de mil dólares
we're onto something big!¡hemos dado con algo gordo!
to do sth/things in a big wayhacer algo/las cosas a lo grande
I think boxing will take off in a big way herepienso que el boxeo va a tener una aceptación buenísima aquí
the big wide worldel ancho mundo
he's too big for his bootstiene muchos humos
you're getting too big for your boots, young lady!se te están subiendo mucho los humos, señorita
see also deal 1 A2 GREAT, BIG, LARGE
to act bigfanfarronear
to go down bigtener muchísimo éxito, ser un verdadero éxito
to make it bigtriunfar
she could have made it big as a singerpodría haber triunfado como cantante
to talk bigdarse mucha importancia, fanfarronear
to think bigplanear a lo grande, ser ambicioso
C. CPD the Big Apple Nla Gran Manzana, Nueva York f CITY NICKNAMES big band N orquesta grande que tocaba música de jazz o de baile y que fue muy popular entre los años 30 y 50
the big bang N (Astron) → el big bang, la gran explosión
the big bang theoryla teoría del big bang or de la gran explosión
Big Ben N (Brit) → Big Ben m
Big Brother N (Pol) (fig) Big Brother is watching youel Gran Hermano te vigila
big business N (Ind, Comm) → las grandes empresas
tourism is big business in Thailandel turismo es un gran negocio en Tailandia
the big cats N (Zool) → los grandes felinos
big dipper N (at fair) → montaña f rusa
the Big Dipper (US) (Astron) → la Osa Mayor
the Big Easy NNueva Orleans
big end N (Aut) → cabeza f de biela
big fish N (fig) (= person) → pez m gordo
big game Ncaza f mayor
big game huntercazador(a) m/f de caza mayor
big game huntingcaza f mayor
the big hand N (used to or by children, on clock) → la aguja grande
The Big Issue N (Brit) revista vendida por personas sin hogarLa Farola (Sp)
big name Nfigura f importante
big noise big shot Npez m gordo
big talk Nfanfarronadas fpl
the big time Nel estrellato, el éxito
to make the big timealcanzar el éxito, triunfar
see also big-time big toe Ndedo m gordo (del pie)
big top N (= circus) → circo m; (= main tent) → carpa f principal
big wheel N (at fair) → noria f (= person) → personaje m, pez m gordo
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(= tall) [person, building, tree] → grand(e)
a big house → une grande maison
He's a big guy
BUT C'est un grand gaillard.
[country, city] → grand(e)
(in bulk, amount) [parcel, book, car] → gros(se)
a big car → une grosse voiture
(= fat) [person] → gros(se)
[increase, decrease] → grand(e)
[problem, mistake] → sérieux/euse, grave
in a big way (= big time) → de manière spectaculaire
to fall for sb in a big way → tomber fou amoureux de qn(folle)/euse
to do things in a big way → faire les choses en grand
to take off in a big way (= become popular) → démarrer en fanfare, démarrer très fort
[older, brother, sister] → grand(e)
my big brother → mon grand frère
her big sister → sa grande sœur
(= important) → important(e)
to have big ideas → voir grand
big words (= complicated language) → mots savants
to make it big → avoir un succès fou
to think big → voir grand
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adj (+er)
(in size, amount) → groß; lie alsofaustdick (inf); a big manein großer, schwerer Mann; she’s a big girl (inf)sie hat einen ganz schönen Vorbau (inf); you big girl’s blouse! (Brit inf) → du Angsthase! (inf); 5 big ones (inf)5 Riesen (sl); big with child/younghochschwanger/trächtig
(of age)groß; my big brothermein großer Bruder; you’re big enough to know betterdu bist groß or alt genug und solltest es besser wissen
(= important)groß, wichtig; the Big Four/Fivedie Großen Vier/Fünf; Mr Big (inf)der große Boss; to look big (inf)ein bedeutendes Gesicht machen; to be big in publishing/plastics (inf)eine Größe im Verlagswesen/der Plastikproduktion sein; to be onto something big (inf)einer großen Sache auf der Spur sein
(= great) cheat, bully, liargroß
(= conceited) big talkAngeberei f (inf), → Großspurigkeit f; big talkerAngeber m (inf), → Maulheld m (inf), → eingebildeter Schwätzer; he’s getting too big for his boots (inf, child) → er wird ein bisschen zu aufmüpfig (inf); (employee)er wird langsam größenwahnsinnig; to have a big head (inf)eingebildet sein
(= generous, iro) → großzügig, nobel (inf); (= forgiving)großmütig, nobel (inf); heartgroß; few people have a heart as big as hises sind nur wenige so großzügig/großmütig wie er; he was big enough to admit he was wronger hatte die Größe zuzugeben, dass er unrecht hatte; that’s really big of you (iro)wirklich nobel von dir (iro)
(inf: = fashionable) → in (inf)
(fig phrases) to earn big moneydas große Geld verdienen (inf); to have big ideasgroße Pläne haben, Rosinen im Kopf haben (pej inf); to have a big mouth (inf)eine große Klappe haben (inf); to do things in a big wayalles im großen (Stil) tun or betreiben; to live in a big wayauf großem Fuß or in großem Stil leben; it’s no big deal (inf: = nothing special) → das ist nichts Besonderes; (= quite all right)(das ist) schon in Ordnung; big deal! (iro inf)na und? (inf); (= that’s not much etc)das ist ja ergreifend! (iro); what’s the big idea? (inf)was soll denn das? (inf); what’s the big hurry?warum denn so eilig?; our company is big on service (inf)unsere Firma ist ganz groß in puncto Kundendienst
adv to talk biggroß daherreden (inf), → große Töne spucken (inf); to act bigsich aufspielen, großtun; to think bigim großen (Maßstab) planen; to go over or down big (inf)ganz groß ankommen (inf), → großen Anklang finden (with bei); to make it big (as a singer/actor)(als Sänger(in)/Schauspieler(in)) ganz groß rauskommen (inf)


Big Apple
n the big (inf)New York nt
big band
nBig Band f
adj attrBigband-
Big Bang
n (Brit St Ex) → Big Bang m (Tag der Umstellung der Londoner Börse auf Computerbetrieb)
big bang
n (Astron) → Urknall m
big bang theory
n (Astron) → Urknalltheorie f
Big Ben
nBig Ben m
Big Bertha
ndie Dicke Berta
adjbreit- or grobknochig
Big Brother
big bug
n (inf)hohes Tier (inf)
big business
(= high finance)Großkapital nt, → Hochfinanz f; to be bigdas große Geschäft sein
(baby-talk)großes Geschäft (baby-talk)
big cat
nGroßkatze f
big cheese
n (inf)hohes Tier (inf)
big dipper
(Brit, at fair) → Achterbahn f, → Berg-und-Talbahn f
(US Astron) Big DipperGroßer Bär or Wagen
big end
n (Tech) → Pleuelfuß m, → Schubstangenkopf m
adj (pej)gefräßig, unersättlich
big game
n (Hunt) → Großwild nt
big game hunter


n (inf: = person) → Angeber(in) m(f) (inf), → eingebildeter Fatzke (sl)
adj (inf)eingebildet, angeberisch (inf)
adjgroßherzig, großmütig; (= forgiving)weitherzig


Big Issue
n Obdachlosenzeitschrift in Großbritannien mit Ablegern in den USA, Südafrika, Namibia und Australien
n (inf)Großmaul nt (inf), → Angeber(in) m(f) (inf); (= blabbermouth)Schwätzer(in) m(f) (pej)
big name
n (inf: = person) → Größe f (→ in +gen); all the bigs were therealles, was Rang und Namen hat, war da
big noise
n (inf)hohes Tier (inf)


big point
big shot
nhohes Tier (inf); he thinks he is a big in his new Jag (inf)er hält sich mit seinem neuen Jaguar für den Größten (inf)
adj (US) big itemteure Anschaffung
big time
n (inf) to make or hit the biggroß einsteigen (inf); once he’d had a taste of the bignachdem er einmal ganz oben or groß gewesen war
big-time (inf)
adj one of the big boyseine ganz große Nummer (inf); a big politicianeine große Nummer (inf)in der Politik
adv they lost bigsie haben gewaltig verloren; to sell big (esp US) → große Mengen verkaufen
big toe
ngroße Zehe
big top
n (= circus)Zirkus m; (= main tent)Hauptzelt nt
big wheel
(US inf) = big shot
(Brit, at fair) → Riesenrad nt
n (inf)hohes Tier (inf); the local bigsdie Honoratioren des Ortes
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1. adj (-ger (comp) (-gest (superl)))
a. (in height, age, building, tree, person) → grande; (in bulk, amount, parcel, lie, increase) → grosso/a; (important) → grande, importante
my big brother → mio fratello maggiore
b. to make the big timesfondare
to earn big money → guadagnare forte
to have big ideas → avere delle grandi idee
to do things in a big way → fare le cose in grande
he's too big for his boots (fam) → ha delle belle pretese
why don't you keep your big mouth shut! (fam) → ma perché non tieni chiusa quella boccaccia?
that's big of you! (iro) → che generosità!
big deal! (iro) → capirai!
2. adv (fam) to talk bigdirne tante
to think big → avere delle grandi idee
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(big) adjective
1. large in size. a big car.
2. important. a big event.
big game
large animals (usually lions, tigers etc) that are hunted. He hunts big game in Africa; a big game hunter.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


كَبِير velký stor groß μεγάλος grande iso grand velik grande 大きい groot stor duży grande большой stor ใหญ่ büyük to lớn 大的
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


a. grande, enorme; mayor;
___ belliedbarrigón-a, panzudo-a;
___ headcabezón-a;
___ sister, brotherhermana mayor, hermano mayor;
___ toededo gordo;
___ with childencinta, en estado.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Collins Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


adj (comp bigger; super biggest) grande; (fam, sibling) mayor; How big was it?..¿Qué tan grande era?; — sister hermana mayor; to get bigger agrandarse, aumentar de tamaño
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References in classic literature ?
Big Alec had never been captured by the fish patrol.
In order to distinguish the one from the other, the one who had four horses was called Big Klaus, and the one who had only one horse, Little Klaus.
"Oh Father," said a little Frog to the big one sitting by the side of a pool, "I have seen such a terrible monster!
And so, knowing his master and many of his past deeds, knowing, too, a great deal about the plans of Malbihn and Baynes that had been overheard by himself, or other servants; and knowing well from the gossip of the head-men that half of Malbihn's party lay in camp by the great river far to the west, it was not difficult for the boy to put two and two together and arrive at four as the sum--the four being represented by a firm conviction that his master had deceived the other white man and taken the latter's woman to his western camp, leaving the other to suffer capture and punishment at the hands of the Big Bwana whom all feared.
They laughed boisterously, like big children, at recollection of a previous story his words called up.
"Just supposing the big strike does come on the Stewart," he argued.
The music stopped at the end of the waltz, leaving Billy and Saxon at the big entrance doorway of the ballroom.
He was not merely a big snake, I thought--he was a circus monstrosity.
A BIG Nation having a quarrel with a Little Nation, resolved to terrify its antagonist by a grand naval demonstration in the latter's principal port.
Of course, such tiny heads could not contain any great amount of brains, and the Whimsies were so ashamed of their personal appearance and lack of commonsense that they wore big heads made of pasteboard, which they fastened over their own little heads.
She kept on beside the shaggy man, who whistled cheerful tunes to beguile the journey, until by and by they followed a turn in the road and saw before them a big chestnut tree making a shady spot over the highway.
This is the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bath-rooms of the big bungalow in Segowlee cantonment.