See also: big time and big-time


Alternative formsEdit


big +‎ time


bigtime (comparative more bigtime, superlative most bigtime)

  1. Of major significance or importance.
    • 1918, Edna Ferber, “That’s Marriage” in Cheerful—By Request, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., p. 169,[1]
      Wait till you see your name in two-foot electrics over the front of every big-time house in the country.
    • 1954, Richard Wilson, “Back to Julie” in Galaxy Science Fiction, Volume 8, No. 2, May 1954, p. 69,[2]
      Krasnow is a big-time operator; I’ve always been, you might say, in the peanut end of the game.
    • 1997, Jennifer Zajac, “Get some major league fun at Little League dollars,” Money, Volume 26, No. 7, July 1997, p. 158,
      Tired of shelling out bigtime bucks to see overpaid major leaguers with underwhelming stats and attitudes to match, baseball fans by the thousands are rediscovering a more relaxed—and cheaper—version of the national pastime: the minor leagues.
    • 2006, “A twist in the tale,” The Observer, 23 April, 2006,[3]
      With a previous conviction in 1954 for receiving tins of corned beef, Betchley was hardly bigtime.


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bigtime (not comparable)

  1. To a significant degree.
    • 2018, Bill Press, “‘Lamb the Sham’ beats ‘Trump the Chump’,” Chicago Tribune, 15 March, 2018,[4]
      This was the first test for that message -- and it failed bigtime.



bigtime (plural bigtimes)

  1. Alternative form of big time
    • 1986, Larry Stewart, “It’s Time to Replace the Talking Heads With Racing Cars,” Los Angeles Times, 30 May, 1986,[5]
      The Financial News Network’s SCORE program [] hit the bigtime last Monday by offering live coverage of Snow Chief’s victory in the Jersey Derby []
    • 2010, Roy Wilkinson, “How Judas Priest invented heavy metal,” The Guardian, 20 May, 2010,[6]
      Thirty years ago Rob Halford led Judas Priest, and heavy metal itself, out of the Midlands and into the bigtime.