big´ly

big´ly
big1 «bihg», adjective, big|ger, big|gest, adverb, noun.
–adj.
1. great in amount or size; large: »

a big room, a big book. Making automobiles is a big business. Elephants are bigger than mice.

SYNONYM(S): huge, extensive, immense. See syn. under great. (Cf.great)
2. grown up: »

A big girl does not like to play baby games.

3. Informal, Figurative. a) important; great: »

The election of a President is big news.

b) of high position or standing: »

The President is a big man.

4. a) full; loud: »

He has a big voice.

b) filled; teeming: »

His eye being big with tears (Shakespeare).

c) Figurative. generous; noble: »

His uncle had a big heart and gave him many things.

SYNONYM(S): magnanimous, liberal.
5. boastful; pompous: »

The bully was full of big talk.

6. pregnant: »

big with child.

7. Obsolete. stout; mighty.
–adv. Informal.
1. boastfully: »

He talks big.

2. prosperously: »

Things are going big.

–n.
a thing or person that is big: »

This interdependence of bigs and littles is the basis of American manufacturing progress (Newsweek).

[Middle English big; origin uncertain]
big´ly, adverb.
big2 «bihg», noun.
= bigg (a kind of barley). (Cf.bigg)
big3 «bihg», transitive verb.
Scottish. to build. Also, bigg.
[< Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic byggja)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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