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English

Etymology

From northern Middle English dialect big, bigge (powerful, strong), of uncertain origin, possibly from a dialect of Old Norse.

Pronunciation

Adjective

big (comparative bigg, superlative er)

Positive
big

Comparative
bigg

Superlative
er

  1. Of a great size; large; the weakest sense of great size.
    Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.
  2. Of an industry or other field: Thought to have undue influence.
    There were concerns about the ethics of big science.
  3. Popular.
    That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.
  4. (informal) Adult.
    Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.
  5. (informal) Fat.
    Gosh, she is big!
  6. (informal) Important or significant.
    What's so big about that? I do it all the time.
  7. (informal) (construed with on) Enthusiastic (about).
    I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

big m. and f. (plural biggen, diminutive biggetje)

  1. piglet, little pig

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [bʲɪɟ]

Adjective

big

  1. Genitive singular masculine of beag.
Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
big bhig mbig
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Italian

Noun

big m. inv.

  1. star (entertainment)
  2. big shot, big noise

Scots

Etymology

From Old Norse byggja (inhabit, build).

Pronunciation

Verb

tae big (third-person singular simple present bigs, present participle biggin, simple past biggit, past participle biggit)

Infinitive
tae big

Third person singular
bigs

Simple past
biggit

Past participle
-

Present participle
biggin

  1. to build

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English big, cognate with (the first part of) Bislama bikfala, bigfala, Pijin bigfala, Tok Pisin bikpela.

Adjective

big

  1. big

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Western Apache

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [pɪ̀k]

Etymology

From Proto-Athabascan *-wə̓t̕.

Cognates: Navajo -bid, Plains Apache -bid.

Noun

big (inalienable, e.g., shibig "my belly", bibig "her/his/their belly")

  1. belly, stomach, abdomen

Usage notes

  • The form -big occurs in the White Mountain varieties; -bid occurs in San Carlos and Dilze’eh (Tonto).

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