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Big vs. Small

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Bigadjective

Of great size, large.

‘Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot.’;

Smalladjective

Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.

‘A small serving of ice cream.’; ‘A small group.’; ‘He made us all feel small.’;

Bigadjective

(of an industry or other field) Thought to have undue influence.

‘There were concerns about the ethics of big science.’;

Smalladjective

(figuratively) Young, as a child.

‘Remember when the children were small?’;

Bigadjective

Popular.

‘That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers.’;

Smalladjective

Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

Bigadjective

(informal) Adult.

‘Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen.’;

Smalladjective

Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; paltry; mean.

Bigadjective

(informal) Fat.

‘Gosh, she is big!’;

Smalladjective

Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short.

‘a small space of time’;

Bigadjective

(informal) Important or significant.

‘What's so big about that? I do it all the time.’;

Smalladverb

In a small fashion.

Bigadjective

Enthusiastic (about).

‘I'm not big on the idea, but if you want to go ahead with it, I won't stop you.’;

Smalladverb

In or into small pieces.

Bigadjective

of (informal) Mature, conscientious, principled; generous.

‘That's very big of you, thank you!’; ‘I tried to be the bigger person and just let it go, but I couldn't help myself.’;

Smalladverb

(obsolete) To a small extent.

Bigadjective

(informal) Well-endowed, possessing large breasts in the case of a woman or a large penis in the case of a man.

‘Whoa, Nadia has gotten pretty big since she hit puberty.’;

Smallnoun

(rare) Any part of something that is smaller or slimmer than the rest, now usually with anatomical reference to the back.

Bigadjective

Large with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce.

‘She was big with child.’;

Smallverb

To make little or less.

Bigadjective

(informal) Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns

‘You are a big liar.’; ‘Why are you in such a big hurry?’;

Smallverb

(intransitive) To become small; to dwindle.

Bigadjective

(of a city) populous

Smalladjective

Having little size, compared with other things of the same kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large or extended in dimension; not great; not much; inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.

‘To compareGreat things with small.’;

Bigadverb

In a loud manner.

Smalladjective

Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business.

Bigadverb

In a boasting manner.

‘He's always talking big, but he never delivers.’;

Smalladjective

Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; - sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.

‘A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man.’;

Bigadverb

In a large amount or to a large extent.

‘He won big betting on the croquet championship.’;

Smalladjective

Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space.

Bigadverb

On a large scale, expansively.

‘You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing.’;

Smalladjective

Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud.

Bigadverb

Hard.

‘He hit him big and the guy just crumpled.’;

Smalladverb

In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.

Bignoun

Someone or something that is large in stature

Smalladverb

Not loudly; faintly; timidly.

‘You may speak as small as you will.’;

Bignoun

An important or powerful person; a celebrity; a big name.

Smallnoun

The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back.

Bignoun

(as plural) The big leagues, big time.

Smallnoun

Smallclothes.

Bignoun

One or more kinds of barley, especially six-rowed barley.

Smallnoun

Same as Little go. See under Little, a.

Bigverb

(transitive) To praise, recommend, or promote.

Smallverb

To make little or less.

Bigverb

to inhabit; occupy

Smallnoun

the slender part of the back

Bigverb

to locate oneself

Smallnoun

a garment size for a small person

Bigverb

to build; erect; fashion

Smalladjective

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’; ‘a small voice’;

Bigverb

to dwell; have a dwelling

Smalladjective

limited in size or scope;

‘a small business’; ‘a newspaper with a modest circulation’; ‘small-scale plans’; ‘a pocket-size country’;

Bigadjective

Having largeness of size; of much bulk or magnitude; of great size; large.

Smalladjective

low or inferior in station or quality;

‘a humble cottage’; ‘a lowly parish priest’; ‘a modest man of the people’; ‘small beginnings’;

Bigadjective

Great with young; pregnant; swelling; ready to give birth or produce; - often figuratively.

‘[Day] big with the fate of Cato and of Rome.’;

Smalladjective

not fully grown;

‘what a big little boy you are’; ‘small children’;

Bigadjective

Having greatness, fullness, importance, inflation, distention, etc., whether in a good or a bad sense; as, a big heart; a big voice; big looks; to look big. As applied to looks, it indicates haughtiness or pride.

‘God hath not in heaven a bigger argument.’; ‘I talked big to them at first.’;

Smalladjective

too small to be seen except under a microscope

Bignoun

Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.

‘"Bear interchanges in local use, now with barley, now with bigg."’;

Smalladjective

not large but sufficient in size or amount;

‘a modest salary’; ‘modest inflation’; ‘helped in my own small way’;

Bigverb

To build.

Smalladjective

(of a voice) faint;

‘a little voice’; ‘a still small voice’;

Bigadjective

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’;

Smalladjective

slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope;

‘a series of death struggles with small time in between’;

Bigadjective

significant;

‘graduation was a big day in his life’;

Smalladjective

made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth);

‘her comments made me feel small’;

Bigadjective

of very great significance;

‘deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision’; ‘a momentous event’;

Smalladjective

lowercase;

‘little a’; ‘small a’; ‘e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters’;

Bigadjective

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’;

Smalladjective

have fine or very small constituent particles;

‘a small misty rain’;

Bigadjective

very intense;

‘a bad headache’; ‘in a big rage’; ‘had a big (or bad) shock’; ‘a bad earthquake’; ‘a bad storm’;

Smalladverb

on a small scale;

‘think small’;

Bigadjective

loud and firm;

‘a big voice’; ‘big bold piano sounds’;

Bigadjective

prodigious;

‘big spender’; ‘big eater’; ‘heavy investor’;

Bigadjective

(of animals) fully developed;

‘an adult animal’; ‘a grown woman’;

Bigadjective

marked by intense physical force;

‘a big wind’;

Bigadjective

feeling self-importance;

‘too big for his britches’; ‘had a swelled head’; ‘he was swelled with pride’;

Bigadjective

older brother or sister;

‘big sister’;

Bigadjective

exhibiting self-importance;

‘big talk’;

Bigadjective

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’;

Bigadjective

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’;

Bigadjective

in an advanced stage of pregnancy;

‘was big with child’; ‘was great with child’;

Bigadverb

extremely well;

‘his performance went over big’;

Bigadverb

in a boastful manner;

‘he talked big all evening’;

Bigadverb

on a grand scale;

‘think big’;

Bigadverb

in a major way;

‘the play failed big at the box office’;

Bigadjective

of considerable size or extent

‘big staff cuts’; ‘big buildings’; ‘her big hazel eyes’;

Bigadjective

larger than other items of the same kind

‘my big toe’;

Bigadjective

grown-up

‘I'm a big girl now’;

Bigadjective

elder

‘my big sister’;

Bigadjective

on an ambitiously large scale

‘a small company with big plans’;

Bigadjective

doing a specified action very often or on a very large scale

‘a big gambler’; ‘a big eater’;

Bigadjective

showing great enthusiasm

‘a big tennis fan’;

Bigadjective

of considerable importance or seriousness

‘it's a big decision’; ‘his biggest problem is money’; ‘he made a big mistake’;

Bigadjective

very popular or successful

‘African bands which are big in Britain’;

Bigadjective

holding an important position or playing an influential role

‘as a senior in college, he was a big man on campus’;

Bigadjective

generous

‘‘I'm inclined to take pity on you.’ ‘That's big of you!’’;

Bigverb

praise or recommend something highly

‘the record's been on the streets a while now, but it's still worth bigging up’;

Bignoun

the major league in a professional sport

‘the day he made it to the bigs, he forgot every minor league ballpark he ever played in’;

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