12 Ways To Say Big In English

Learn ways to say ‘big’ in English. Discover exciting words to improve your vocabulary and make your daily conversations in English more interesting.

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12 Ways To Say Big In English

In this advanced English lesson, we’re looking at vocabulary. Other ways to say big.

A big event, a big meal, a big dog.

So we can use big, of course, all the time. It’s a very simple adjective. But what we’ll try to look at are other ways that you can use instead of big.

These are all adjectives or other ways to say big. We’ve got 12 of them in total. A lot of them have similar meanings. As I said, they can all be used for big but I’ll give you an example when you can use each of them.


Meaning: exceptionally large or enormous quantity or size


The prices of food are astronomical due to inflation.

His collection of comic books is astronomical – he has a lot of them!

The size of the giant pumpkin he grew in his garden is astronomical; it’s really big!


Meaning: extraordinary level of size, extent, or greatness; sth is really great or surprising


The success of their fundraising campaign was stupendous, way better than anyone thought it would be.

His stupendous reputation in the industry is widely acknowledged.

The way he played the tennis match was stupendous.


Meaning: something of grand scale or size


This guy was easily two metres tall. He was colossal! He towered over me.

I was on a plane once with a basketball team, and the players were colossal.

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Meaning: extremely large, huge


Sequoia trees are gigantic. When you stand next to one, it can make you feel quite small!

In ‘Lord of the Rings,’ the Ents, gigantic tree-like creatures, fiercely fought against the destructive forces of Saruman.


Meaning: large, impressive, or significant in a metaphorical sense


I woke up this morning with a thumping headache.

They celebrated a thumping success, completing the challenging project ahead of schedule.

The restaurant’s grand opening was a thumping hit, drawing a large crowd.

The company announced a thumping expansion plan, aiming for dozens of new stores nationwide.


Meaning: (of amounts of money) large or substantial


I made a tidy profit selling from selling my car. I was really surprised.

I made a tidy profit selling my old stuff online, clearing out some clutter and earning a nice bit of cash in the process.

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Meaning: unusually or extraordinarily big


There was an enormous snowstorm two days ago. One metre of snow fell within 24 hours.

The elephant was enormous, towering over the other animals at the zoo.

The cake for the celebration was enormous, enough to feed the entire party.


Meaning: large, big, or substantial, especially in terms of size, weight, or amount


I told the boss that I was not happy with how he treated me. As a result, he sacked me. It was a hefty price to pay.

We received a hefty bill for the repairs to our car.

The truck transported a hefty load of construction materials.

After looking at the hefty price of the hotel, we decided not to go on a holiday.


Meaning: extremely large, extraordinarily extensive in size or degree


He had an immense impact on my career by providing valuable guidance, support, and opportunities.

Mr Smith had an immense impact on what I chose to do after school.

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Meaning: extremely large, heavy, or substantial; of great mass or volume


I didn’t expect to see such a massive crowd at the concert.

When Argentina won the World Cup, there was a massive crowd celebrating their victory in the streets.


Meaning: large, powerful, or extraordinary in size or intensity


We won a tremendous order. It’s the biggest order we’ve ever had. This will keep the factory going.

We’ve made tremendous advances in terms of technology.


Meaning: extremely large, impressive, or significant in size, extent, or degree


A 99 is a whopping ice cream cone with a Cadbury Flake, and raspberry sauce.

After a two-month diet, he went to the restaurant and ordered a whopping amount of food.

A whopping reaction followed today’s announcement in the news.

Okay, so 12 ways to say ‘big’ in English. Like all of these, you won’t use them all of the time. But try to avoid just using simple English like big and large.

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