Definition of biggie in US English:

biggie

noun

informal
  • A big, important, or successful person or thing.

    ‘composers including most of the biggies like Brahms, Wagner, or Mendelssohn’
    • ‘If companies had to bid for contracts from American biggies, they had to have the infrastructure and the personnel to show that the firm had the wherewithal to handle a big contract.’
    • ‘I also worry about extending the rights of citizenship - and voting is the biggie - to people who haven't made that commitment.’
    • ‘Unlike the last round of negotiations held at Doha in 2001, the biggies have forged a massive alliance well in advance thereby attempting to dictate to the world their terms on which trade will be conducted.’
    • ‘On Friday, BCC officials, and industry biggies, surveyed the 19 roads to be taken up for upgradation under the short-term plan.’
    • ‘Indeed, the film is weighted with questions about all the biggies: life, love, death, religion, revenge, organ transplantation, and much, much more.’
    • ‘Instituted in 1998, it wants to compete with the biggies.’
    • ‘One of the biggies is balancing your feelings, thoughts and behavior.’
    • ‘Monday morning, across America, the news magazines came out, and this man made the cover of all three of the biggies.’
    • ‘But if you're trying this at home you can't forget the biggies.’
    • ‘The two biggies boast commentaries - one good, one frustrating - and excellent docos and all five have a great selection of relevant short subjects.’
    • ‘There were no stringers or local bureau reporters in this crowd - the biggies were here in person, and each one of them was laying to be the one who made everyone else's news with the killer question that defined a story.’
    • ‘Know-it-all TV biggies and critics quickly wrote off CNN and labeled it the ‘Chicken Noodle Network.’’
    • ‘Contacts with biggies like them is the only factor.’
    • ‘James was on turning duty (turning all the peats we cut last week and cutting some of the biggies down into a more manageable size) whilst David and I finished off the bank we started last week.’
    • ‘Across several key portfolios, a pattern of incompetence had been well-established: secondary education, tertiary education, police, immigration and justice, to name only the biggies.’
    • ‘It received support from dozens of countries, including some European biggies (Britain, Spain, Italy, Poland).’
    • ‘But the best piece of advice I could give you (apart from the first two biggies in the first paragraph), is smile and nod.’
    • ‘But the current government is still letting itself be held hostage by the biggies.’
    • ‘So for me loyalty is right up there with the biggies like ‘devotion’, ‘trust’ and ‘love’.’
    • ‘Do you enjoy those tete-a-tetes with the other biggies?’
    celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guru
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Phrases

  • no biggie

    • informal Used to indicate that something is of little consequence.

      ‘no biggie, no one will know’
      • ‘When someone praises your newfound accomplishments, don't turn red and mumble, "No biggie."’
      • ‘They're cheap (so no biggie if it doesn't work) and come in different sizes.’
      • ‘No biggie, just an old recurring boxing injury from my bare knuckle days.’
      • ‘No biggie, but I thought a small clarification was in order.’
      • ‘Nosebleeds are no biggie, unless they occur a few times a week and frequently in the summer - then see your doctor.’
      • ‘It's no biggie if you have another pilot with you, but it can be deadly if you're by yourself.’
      • ‘The acting is a little light in a couple places, since a number of the actors are early in their career, but it's no biggie.’
      • ‘Others just kept dancing like it was no biggie.’
      • ‘Hey, an occasional friendship flub is no biggie - everybody screws up.’
      • ‘At first I thought, 'OK, no biggie, we'll get it washed off.'’

Origin

1920s: from big + -ie.

Pronunciation

biggie

/ˈbiɡē//ˈbɪɡi/