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big up (third-person singular simple present bigs up, present participle bigging up, simple past and past participle bigged up or (rare) big upped)

  1. (informal) To become big.
    • 2012, Caspar Henderson, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, page 83:
      Relatively simple multicellular forms had already existed for a hundred million years when the Cambrian began: the explosion had a long fuse, and during this earlier fizzling life experimented with various ways to big up.
  2. (slang, transitive) To proclaim or exaggerate the importance of; to promote.
    I want to big up my bro on the mic.
    They're trying to big themselves up to be more than they are.
    • 2007, Apple announces new mobile phone, BBC Online, 9 January 2007
      In a keynote speech, attended by over 2,000 people, Steve Jobs spent the first 10 minutes bigging up the move to Intel chips.
    • 2017, Daniel Tammet, Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing, →ISBN, page 162:
      Some say of me, "There's Adrian again in the media, bigging himself up.
    • 2022 August 24, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: the Cotswold Line”, in RAIL, number 964, page 61:
      Bradshaw bigs up local trades: "Agricultural produce, good cider and perry (which require a little brandy to qualify them), wool, hops, and prime cattle, - the last being a splendid breed, white-faced, with soft reddish-brown coats. [...]."
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (Britain, slang, transitive) To increase one's muscle mass through exercise.
    He works out every day to big up himself.



big up (plural big ups)

  1. (slang, also big ups) Significant respect or acclaim.
    I want to give a big up to my bro on the mic.


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Jamaican CreoleEdit


From English big.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪɡ(h)ʌp/
  • Hyphenation: big‧up


big up

  1. (imperative, reflexive) To be thought of as praiseworthy by someone else ; to have someone's respect. (display of affection or praise)
    • 2010, Ardenne High Grade 13 (class of 2010), Ardenne High Grade 13 Year book 2010, page 18:
      “Yuh kno seh a bear tings a go gwaan from wi touch six form. Big up wi teacha dem []
      You knew that we were going to get up to a lot of stuff once we entered 13th grade. Teachers, we respect you []
    Me just want to say big up yourself, General.
    I'd just like to say that you have my respect, Sir.
  2. good to see you; nice to see you (greeting)
    Big up yuhself!
    Nice to see you (again)!
  3. praise, commend (praise)
    Big up Miss Lou!
    Let's praise Miss Lou!

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