noun Scot. and North England.
a building, especially one's home.

1200–50; Middle English biging. See big2, -ing1 Unabridged


2 [big]
verb (used with object), bigged, bigging. British Dialect.
to build.
Also, bigg.

1150–1200; Middle English biggen orig., to inhabit < Old Norse byggja to inhabit, cognate with Old English (i)an, German bauen


2 [big]
verb (used with object)
big2. Unabridged
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big1 (bɪɡ)
adj , bigger, biggest
1.  of great or considerable size, height, weight, number, power, or capacity
2.  having great significance; important: a big decision
3.  important through having power, influence, wealth, authority, etc: the 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)
6.  a.  elder: my big brother
 b.  grown-up: when you're big, you can stay up later
7.  a.  generous; magnanimous: that's very big of you
 b.  (in combination): big-hearted
8.  (often foll by with) brimming; full: my heart is big with sadness
9.  extravagant; boastful: he's full of big talk
10.  (of wine) full-bodied, with a strong aroma and flavour
11.  too big for one's boots, too big for one's breeches conceited; unduly self-confident
12.  in an advanced stage of pregnancy (esp in the phrase big with child)
13.  informal big on enthusiastic about: that company is big on research
14.  boastfully; pretentiously (esp in the phrase talk big)
15.  in an exceptional way; well: his talk went over big with the audience
16.  on a grand scale (esp in the phrase think big)
[C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect bugge big man]

big2 (bɪɡ)
vb , bigs, bigging, bigged, bug
1.  to build
2.  to excavate (earth) into a pile
[from Old Norse byggja; related to Old English būian to inhabit]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, northern England dialect, "powerful, strong," of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dial. bugge "great man"). O.E. 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. Big band as a musical style is from 1926. Slang big head "conceit" is first recorded 1850. Big business 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.
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