Definition of big man in US English:

big man


  • 1A man of high status or importance in a social group, organization, business, etc.; a leader, a boss.

  • 2North American"big man on (the) campus" (also with capital initials): a (superlatively) popular or influential male student at a college or university. Abbreviated BMOC.

  • 3Cultural Anthropology. In Melanesia: a leader of a social group; (now) specifically a leader whose status or authority is founded on characteristics such as economic or social success, rather than heredity.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Times. From big + man.


big man

/ˈbɪɡ man/