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BIG

1. Having largeness of size; of many bulk or magnitude; of great size; big. "He's too large to go in there." 2. Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or manufacture; often figuratively. "[Day] large with the fate of Cato and of Rome." (Addison) 3. Having greatness, fullness, meaning, inflation, distention, etc, whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a large heart; a large voice; large looks; to look large. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride. "God hath not in sky a bigger argument." (Jer. Taylor) Big is often used in self-explaining compounds; as, big-boned; big-sounding; big-named; big-voiced. To conversation large, to conversation loudly, arrogantly, or pretentiously. "I talked large to them at first." (De Foe) Synonym: Bulky, big, great, massive, gross. Origin: Perh. From Celtic; cf. W. Beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant, with baby, fr. Baich burden, Hand. Beac'h; or cf. OE. Bygly, Icel. Biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then) magnigicent, best, fr. OE. Biggen, Icel. Byggja, to dwell, build, akin to E. Be. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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