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big (1 orig. sense; the S. exx. are late instances)
1. strong, stout, mighty H5 IV. ii. 43 “Big Mars” ; fig. Oth. III. iii. 350 “big wars.”
2. great with young Cym. I. i. 39; fig. Mer.V. II. viii. 46.
3. haughty, pompous All'sW. I. iii. 101 “a big heart,” H8 I. i. 119 “Shall lessen this big book.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 2.8
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