bigness vs largeness what difference

what is difference between bigness and largeness



From big +‎ -ness.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbɪɡnəs/


bigness (countable and uncountable, plural bignesses)

  1. (now rare) Size. [from 15th c.]
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, Act II, Scene 1, [1]
      Mine old lord, whiles he liv’d, was so precise,
      That he would take exceptions at my buttons,
      And, being like pins’ heads, blame me for the bigness;
      Which made me curate-like in mine attire,
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II, lines 1051-3, [2]
      And, fast by, hanging in a golden chain,
      This pendent World, in bigness as a star
      Of smallest magnitude close by the moon.
    • 1704, Isaac Newton, Opticks, London: William Innys, 1730, Book 3, Part I, p. 346, [3]
      Do not several sorts of Rays make Vibrations of several bignesses, which according to their bignesses excite Sensations of several Colours, much after the manner that the Vibrations of the Air, according to their several bignesses excite Sensations of several Sounds?
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, Part I, Chapter VI, [4]
      [] the tallest horses and oxen are between four and five inches in height, the sheep an inch and half, more or less: their geese about the bigness of a sparrow, and so the several gradations downwards till you come to the smallest, which to my sight, were almost invisible []
  2. The characteristic of being big. [from 15th c.]
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of Small, “Art and the House,” [6]
      They liked what they liked—would tolerate no innovations. My change in thought and expression had angered them into fierce denouncement. To expose a thing deeper than its skin surface was to them an indecency. They ridiculed my striving for bigness, depth.


  • besings, sigbens



From large +‎ -ness.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlɑːdʒnəs/


largeness (countable and uncountable, plural largenesses)

  1. (obsolete) Liberality; generosity.
  2. The property of being physically large.
  3. The quality of not being limited or constrained; having great scope.



  • angerless, rangeless, regalness



Borrowed from English largeness.



  1. magnanimity
    • 2004, Georginer, Gyldendal A/S →ISBN, page 10
      Og vi plukker og plukker i sikker forvisning om, at deres largeness bliver ved, helt indtil den første frost sætter den grænse, der alligevel skal til.

      And we pluck and pluck in the sure conviction that their generosity will persist, all the way to the point where the first frost sets the border that must after all exist.
    • 1945, Sven Clausen, Udvalgte tvangstanker, fra 10 års journalistik
      Der er her en vis largeness hos fødselsdagsbarnet, som man ikke kan lade være med at beundre — omend med en vis ængstelse.

      There is here a certain largeness about the birthday child that one cannot help but to admire — although with a certain measure of apprehension.
    • 2016, Ellen Duurloo, Den alt for korte vej…, Lindhardt og Ringhof →ISBN
      Nå, sagde Else en kende forundret – du har da din kjole fra konfirmationen, og i et anfald af largeness føjede hun til, skønt hun i virkeligheden havde fundet Gerdas konfirmationskjole alt for enkel og kedelig, den havde været af cachmire og uden videre besætning eller andre falbelader – den er da nydelig – og helt ny!

      Oh, Else said, somewhat bewildered – you have your confirmation dress though, and in a fit of largeness, she added, though she had actually found Gerda’s confirmation dress far too simple and boring, it had been of cashmere and without any decoration or other falbala – it’s pretty – and completely new!


  • storsind, højsind, ædelmod, ædelmodighed

Related terms

  • large

See also

  • generøsitet, gavmildhed

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