Big vs. Small

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  • Big (adjective)

    Of great size, large.

    "Elephants are big animals, and they eat a lot."

  • Big (adjective)

    Thought to have undue influence.

    "There were concerns about the ethics of big science."

  • Big (adjective)


    "That style is very big right now in Europe, especially among teenagers."

  • Big (adjective)


    "Kids should get help from big people if they want to use the kitchen."

  • Big (adjective)


    "Gosh, she is big!"

  • Big (adjective)

    Important or significant.

    "What's so big about that? I do it all the time."

  • Big (adjective)

    Enthusiastic (about).

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

  • Big (adjective)

    of 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."

  • Big (adjective)

    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."

  • Big (adjective)

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

    "She was big with child."

  • Big (adjective)

    Used as an intensifier, especially of negative-valence nouns

    "You are a big liar."

    "Why are you in such a big hurry?"

  • Big (adverb)

    In a loud manner.

  • Big (adverb)

    In a boasting manner.

    "He's always talking big, but he never delivers."

  • Big (adverb)

    In a large amount or to a large extent.

    "He won big betting on the croquet championship."

  • Big (adverb)

    On a large scale, expansively.

    "You've got to think big to succeed at Amalgamated Plumbing."

  • Big (adverb)


    "He hit him big and the guy just crumpled."

  • Big (noun)

    Someone or something that is large in stature

  • Big (noun)

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

  • Big (noun)

    The big leagues, big time.

  • Big (noun)

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

  • Big (verb)

    To praise, recommend, or promote.

  • Big (verb)

    to inhabit; occupy

  • Big (verb)

    to locate oneself

  • Big (verb)

    to build; erect; fashion

  • Big (verb)

    to dwell; have a dwelling

  • Small (adjective)

    Not large or big; insignificant; few in number.

    "A small serving of ice cream."

    "A small group."

    "He made us all feel small."

  • Small (adjective)

    Young, as a child.

    "Remember when the children were small?"

  • Small (adjective)

    Minuscule or lowercase, referring to written letters.

  • Small (adjective)

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

  • Small (adjective)

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

    "a small space of time"

  • Small (adverb)

    In a small fashion.

  • Small (adverb)

    In or into small pieces.

  • Small (adverb)

    To a small extent.

  • Small (noun)

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

  • Small (verb)

    To make little or less.

  • Small (verb)

    To become small; to dwindle.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Big (adjective)

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

  • Big (adjective)

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

  • Big (adjective)

    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.

  • Big (noun)

    Barley, especially the hardy four-rowed kind.

  • Big

    To build.

  • Small (adjective)

    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.

  • Small (adjective)

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

  • Small (adjective)

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

  • Small (adjective)

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

  • Small (adjective)

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

  • Small (adverb)

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

  • Small (adverb)

    Not loudly; faintly; timidly.

  • Small (noun)

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

  • Small (noun)


  • Small (noun)

    Same as Little go. See under Little, a.

  • Small

    To make little or less.

Webster Dictionary
  • Big (adjective)

    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"

  • Big (adjective)


    "graduation was a big day in his life"

  • Big (adjective)

    of very great significance;

    "deciding to drop the atom bomb was a very big decision"

    "a momentous event"

  • Big (adjective)

    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"

  • Big (adjective)

    very intense;

    "a bad headache"

    "in a big rage"

    "had a big (or bad) shock"

    "a bad earthquake"

    "a bad storm"

  • Big (adjective)

    loud and firm;

    "a big voice"

    "big bold piano sounds"

  • Big (adjective)


    "big spender"

    "big eater"

    "heavy investor"

  • Big (adjective)

    (of animals) fully developed;

    "an adult animal"

    "a grown woman"

  • Big (adjective)

    marked by intense physical force;

    "a big wind"

  • Big (adjective)

    feeling self-importance;

    "too big for his britches"

    "had a swelled head"

    "he was swelled with pride"

  • Big (adjective)

    older brother or sister;

    "big sister"

  • Big (adjective)

    exhibiting self-importance;

    "big talk"

  • Big (adjective)

    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"

  • Big (adjective)

    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"

  • Big (adjective)

    in an advanced stage of pregnancy;

    "was big with child"

    "was great with child"

  • Big (adverb)

    extremely well;

    "his performance went over big"

  • Big (adverb)

    in a boastful manner;

    "he talked big all evening"

  • Big (adverb)

    on a grand scale;

    "think big"

  • Big (adverb)

    in a major way;

    "the play failed big at the box office"

  • Small (noun)

    the slender part of the back

  • Small (noun)

    a garment size for a small person

  • Small (adjective)

    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"

  • Small (adjective)

    limited in size or scope;

    "a small business"

    "a newspaper with a modest circulation"

    "small-scale plans"

    "a pocket-size country"

  • Small (adjective)

    low or inferior in station or quality;

    "a humble cottage"

    "a lowly parish priest"

    "a modest man of the people"

    "small beginnings"

  • Small (adjective)

    not fully grown;

    "what a big little boy you are"

    "small children"

  • Small (adjective)

    too small to be seen except under a microscope

  • Small (adjective)

    not large but sufficient in size or amount;

    "a modest salary"

    "modest inflation"

    "helped in my own small way"

  • Small (adjective)

    (of a voice) faint;

    "a little voice"

    "a still small voice"

  • Small (adjective)

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

    "a series of death struggles with small time in between"

  • Small (adjective)

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

    "her comments made me feel small"

  • Small (adjective)


    "little a"

    "small a"

    "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters"

  • Small (adjective)

    have fine or very small constituent particles;

    "a small misty rain"

  • Small (adverb)

    on a small scale;

    "think small"

Princeton's WordNet

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