bigging


noun Scot. and North England.

  1. a building, especially one’s home.

verb (used with object), bigged, big·ging. British Dialect.

  1. to build.

verb (used with object)

  1. big2.

adjective bigger or biggest

  1. of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
  2. having great significance; importanta big decision
  3. important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etcthe big four banks
  4. (intensifier usually qualifying something undesirable)a big dope
  5. informal considerable in extent or intensity (esp in the phrase in a big way)
    1. eldermy big brother
    2. grown-upwhen you’re big, you can stay up later
    1. generous; magnanimousthat’s very big of you
    2. (in combination)big-hearted
  6. (often foll by with) brimming; fullmy heart is big with sadness
  7. extravagant; boastfulhe’s full of big talk
  8. (of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
  9. too big for one’s boots or too big for one’s breeches conceited; unduly self-confident
  10. in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
  11. big on informal enthusiastic aboutthat company is big on research

adverb informal

  1. boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
  2. in an exceptional way; wellhis talk went over big with the audience
  3. on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)

verb bigs, bigging, bigged or bug (bʌɡ) Scot

  1. to build
  2. to excavate (earth) into a pile
adj.

c.1300, northern England dialect, “powerful, strong,” of obscure origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal bugge “great man”). Old English used micel in many of the same senses. Meaning “of great size” is late 14c.; that of “grown up” is attested from 1550s. Sense of “important” is from 1570s. Meaning “generous” is U.S. colloquial by 1913.

Big band as a musical style is from 1926. Slang big head “conceit” is first recorded 1850. Big business “large commercial firms collectively” is 1905; big house “penitentiary” is U.S. underworld slang first attested 1915 (in London, “a workhouse,” 1851). In financial journalism, big ticket items so called from 1956. Big lie is from Hitler’s grosse Lüge.

In addition to the idioms beginning with big

  • big and bold
  • big as life
  • big bucks
  • big cheese
  • big daddy
  • big deal
  • big enchilada
  • big fish in a small pond
  • big head, have a
  • big league
  • big mouth, have a
  • big of one
  • big on
  • big shot
  • big stink
  • big time
  • big top
  • big wheel

also see:

  • go over big
  • great (big) guns
  • hit it big
  • in a big way
  • little frog in a big pond
  • make a federal case (big deal)
  • talk big
  • think big
  • too big for one’s breeches
  • what’s the (big) idea

Also see underbigger.

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