One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1As a familiar or affectionate form of address to a man or boy.
2Chiefly with the. A boss or leader; a powerful, wealthy, or prominent person. Frequently in figurative context, denoting such people as a class.
3With the. God.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From big + guy.
big guy/ˈbɪɡ ˌɡʌɪ/
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