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American English: /bɪɡ/
British English: /bɪɡ/

Translation of big in Spanish:

adjective comparative bigger superlative biggest

The usual translation of big, grande, becomes gran when it is used before a singular noun.
  • 1 1.1 (in size) a big garden
    un jardín grande
    un gran jardín
    I need a bigger size
    necesito una talla más grande
    these shoes are too big for me
    estos zapatos me quedan grandes
    her big, blue eyes
    sus grandes ojos azules
    how big is the table?
    ¿cómo es de grande or qué tamaño tiene la mesa?
    a big girl (large) [euphemistic]
    una chica grandota [colloquial]
    (buxom) [euphemistic]
    una chica pechugona [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The brand is a well made children's line, which is cut on the big size for plenty of wear.
    • He said, you'll have to take a big cut in salary and you'll have to start at the bottom.
    • Within a few minutes the men cut down two big branches from the tree.
    1.2 (powerful)
    Example sentences
    • Michael, a young American poet, was a big influence on me at that time.
    • Because of the greater variability in the consumers, research plays a big role.
    • He was a big influence during his time at the Crown Ground and it's thanks to him in many ways that we've got where we are today.
    1.3 (in scale, intensity) a big explosion/flood
    una gran explosión/inundación
    a big hug/kiss
    un abrazote/besote [colloquial]
    a big success/effort
    un gran éxito/esfuerzo
    Example sentences
    • Although his dad has big ambitions for him, financial constraints are a problem.
    • For once, they are the big spenders, with the big ambitions and better players.
    • Its ambition was to create big films that could make an impact on the US market.
  • 2 2.1 (major) a big industrialist
    un gran or importante industrial
    Acme Corp is our biggest customer
    Acme Corp es nuestro cliente más importante
    Example sentences
    • She got it wrong on the restart, a little mistake but big consequences for everybody else.
    • This was a big mistake and he always regretted the decision to give the plane to the museum.
    • He doesn't wield any real power as long as the committee gets to make the big decisions.
    2.2 (great) I'm a big fan of his
    soy un gran admirador suyo
    he's a big eater
    come mucho
    es muy comelón [colloquial]
    es muy comilón (Southern Cone) (Spain) [colloquial]
    he's a big investor in Kuwait
    invierte mucho en Kuwait
    to be big on something [colloquial]
    ser entusiasta or fanático de algo
    2.3 [colloquial] (as intensifier) you big thickhead!
    ¡pedazo de estúpido! [colloquial]
    don't be such a big spoilsport!
    ¡no seas tan aguafiestas!
  • 3 (significant, serious) a big decision
    una gran decisión
    una decisión importante
    it was a big mistake
    fue un gran or grave error
    this is his big day
    hoy es su gran día
    there's a big difference
    hay una gran diferencia
    the big question now is …
    el quid del asunto or de la cuestión ahora es …
    big reductions!
    ¡grandes rebajas!
  • 4 (older, grown up) don't cry: you're a big boy/girl now
    no llores, ya eres un niño/una niña grande
    my big brother
    mi hermano mayor
    Example sentences
    • So, I told her that she is a big girl, that she has a phone number and if she wants to organise a party she can do it herself.
    • If she gets in the way, it's unfortunate, but she's a big girl, she knows the score.
    • The big girls and boys, who were already five, were allowed to bring me up and show it to me.
    Example sentences
    • Like my big sister, I've a gift of time, but no idea what to do with it.
    • With her big sister, Stephanie, who is also an accomplished violinist, she grew up in the region.
    • If he can cast my big sister out, he wouldn't think twice about casting me out.
  • 5 (magnanimous, generous) it was big of her
    fue muy generoso de su parte
    he's too big to take offense
    no se va a ofender, está por encima de esas cosas
    that's big of you! [ironic]
    ¡qué generoso eres! [ironic]
    Example sentences
    • It was big of you to come out and say that you actually saw a Sunday matinee when it was still in theaters.
    • I think it was very, very big of him to come after being asked to step down.
    • That was very big of you to admit your faults.
  • 7 (prominent, popular) [colloquial] (predicative) she's really big in Europe
    es muy conocida or famosa en Europa
    tiene mucho éxito en Europa
    Example sentences
    • The Christmas draw on the same night was also a big success with a big demand for tickets right up to the time for the draw.
    • The festival has been a big success this year with the children's events extremely popular.
    • All the sideshows and games attracted a lot of support and the bonny baby competition was a big success too.


  • 1 (ambitiously) to think big
    ser ambicioso
    planear las cosas a lo grande
  • 3 (with great success) the movie went over big in Europe
    la película tuvo un gran éxito en Europa
    la película fue un exitazo en Europa [colloquial]
    to make it big
    tener un gran éxito
  • 4 (on a large scale) farmers are spending big on heavy machinery
    los agricultores están invirtiendo mucho en maquinaria pesada
    they began drilling in the hope of hitting it big
    empezaron a perforar con la esperanza de dar con yacimientos importantes
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