So some one must be bigging it, or folks would all sing very small.
With man and woman, horn and hoof, And bigging for the homestead roof.
Hanged or drowned, here or awa, dead or alive, I mind the bigging o't.
The long words are delivered without the slightest bungling; and 'bigging' finished to its last g.
The long words are delivered without the slightest bungling; and "bigging" finished to its last g.
He has mair sense than to ca' anything about the bigging his ain, frae the rooftree down to a crackit trencher on the bink.
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.
Successfully; outstandingly well: The wing-dancing and funny acts catch on big (1886+)
Good; decent; admirable •Used as an epithet for an admired person: Hey, what's up, Big Charlie?