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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Alternatives for Big

I've been having computer issues this week... which have been driving me a little crazy. I can't say that it's totally fixed yet either.


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Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.


Today's word is:

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Big band, big cheese, big shot, bigwig... I don't think these are improved as colossal band, elephantine cheese, humongous shot,  or vastwig, but you get the idea. And what about movies like The Big Chill, Little Big Man and Big Fish? Let's play, The Ample Chill, Little Large Man, Fat Fish. 

Depending on how you use it, this list (which is not complete) may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.


a whale of a, adult, aggrandized, altruistic, amble, arch (as in enemy) arrogant, arty, astronomic/astronomical, awash, awesome, awful

banging, bear-sized, benevolent, bighearted, blow one’s own trumpet, blown-up, bluster, boast/boastful, bouffant ,bounteous/bountiful, brag/braggart/bragging, brimming, broad, Brobdingnagian, bulky, bull, burly, buxom

capacious, capital, cardinal, central, chief, chivalrous, chock-full, chubby, cock-a-hoop, colossal, commodious, conceited, considerable, considerate, copious, cosmic, crow, crowded, crowd-pleasing

deep, dominant, double

earthshaking, earth-shattering, elder, elephantine, elevated, eminent, enceinte, enlarged, enormous, epic, eventful, exaggerate, expectant, extended, extensive

faddish, fashionable, fat, favorite, first, flamboyant, free, freehanded, full, full-grown, full-sized

galactic, gallant, gargantuan, gravid, generous, giant, gigantic, giving, goodly, gracious, grand, great, greathearted, grown, grown-up

handsome, happening, haughty, heavy, heavy-duty, heavyweight, hefty, heroic, high/highest, high-minded, high-sounding, historic, hot, huge, hulking/hulky, humongous, husky

immense, imperious, important, imposing, in, inflated, influential, intense

jumbo

key, king-sized

large, large-mouthed, large-scale, larger-than-life, leading, liberal, life-sized, lofty, lordly, lusty

macro, macroscopic, magnanimous, main, major, major league, mammoth, man-sized, massive, master, material, mature, meaningful, mod/modish, momentous, mondo, monolithic, monumental, monster/monstrous, mountainous, much, muscular


noble, number one, numero uno,
obese, openhanded, openhearted, outsized, overbearing, overblown, overlarge, overmastering, overriding, oversized, overweight

packed, paramount, plump/plumping, plush, pompous, ponderous, pop, potent,  powerful, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, prime, principle, prodigious, prominent, presumptuous, pretentious, princely, prodigious, proud, puffy,

queen-sized

rangy, red-hot, rich, robust, roomy,

self-aggrandizing, serious, significant, sizable, sovereign, spacious, stout, strapping, strong, stuffed, stupendous, substantial, super, super colossal, supreme, swelled

tall, thumping, thundering, titanic, tidy, too large, toot one’s own horn, tremendous, tubby,

unselfish

vainglorious, valuable, vast, vaunt, vogue/voguish, volumed, voluminous,

walloping, weighty, whacking, whopper/whopping, wide, wide-ranging





How about this bit of VAST LOVE? 

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jumbo! I like that one.

Carol Kilgore said...

HUGE wishes for a happy weekend!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Unselfish - that's an interesting alternative.

DMS said...

An enormous thank you for the list! Lots of good alternatives.

Sorry to hear about the computer problems. Hope they are resolved soon!
~Jess

DL Hammons said...

I like prominent! It lacks the negative connotation. :)

Nas said...

Thanks for this list. Love all the alternatives!

Rena Jones said...

I love these posts. I live in a small town called Bigfork. Apparently, the town's name was derived from the Salish term for the area.