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bigging

[big-in] /ˈbɪg ɪn/
noun, Scot. and North England
1.
a building, especially one's home.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English biging. See big2, -ing1

big2

[big] /bɪg/
verb (used with object), bigged, bigging. British Dialect
1.
to build.
Also, bigg.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English biggen orig., to inhabit < Old Norse byggja to inhabit, cognate with Old English (i)an, German bauen

bigg2

[big] /bɪg/
verb (used with object)
1.
big2 .
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British Dictionary definitions for bigging

big1

/bɪɡ/
adjective 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.
  1. elder my big brother
  2. grown-up when you're big, you can stay up later
7.
  1. generous; magnanimous that's very big of you
  2. (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
adverb (informal)
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)
See also big up
Derived Forms
biggish, adjective
bigness, noun
Word Origin
C13: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect bugge big man

big2

/bɪɡ/
verb (Scot) bigs, bigging, bigged, bug (bʌɡ)
1.
to build
2.
to excavate (earth) into a pile
Word Origin
from Old Norse byggja; related to Old English būian to inhabit
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Word Origin and History for bigging
big
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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Slang definitions & phrases for bigging

big

adjective
  1. Important; powerful: the big names in this business/ the big guy (late 1500s+)
  2. Popular; successful: If I do say so, we were very big/ The book's big in Chicago (1910+)
adverb

Successfully; outstandingly well: The wing-dancing and funny acts catch on big (1886+)

Related Terms

big with someone, go over big, make it big, take it hard, talk big


Big

adjective

Good; decent; admirable •Used as an epithet for an admired person: Hey, what's up, Big Charlie?

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mister big


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