- An important person, especially in a particular sphere: government bigwigsMore example sentences
VIP, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee, panjandrum; celebrity; magnate, mogul• informal somebody, heavyweight, hotshot, big shot, big noise, big gun, big cheese, big fish, biggie, big bug, Big Chief, Big Daddy, honchoBritish • informal brass hatNorth American • informal big wheelAustralian/New Zealand • informal joss
- Significantly, the violators include some political bigwigs, powerful businessman and town planners.
- Politicians, princes and bigwigs of every stripe vied for a place in their circle and were roundly rejected.
- What on earth induced the local bigwigs to want to wreck this picture postcard image by adding ‘city’ to the list?
early 18th century: so named from the large wigs formerly worn by distinguished men.