Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Big

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘big’. There are nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

My brother did me a huge (adjective) favour when he took care of my children. It was an immensely (adverb) difficult time for me, but I got through it. The massive (adjective) shock passed after a few days, but it was a monumental (adjective) relief to find out that things weren’t as bad as I had first thought.





In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list. These words may also be asked in some simpler exams.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.


Nouns for indicating that something is big

(e.g. a monster; a behemoth; a titan)



The rugby player was so big, he was like a monster.

The battleship was a behemoth amongst the rest of the fleet.

The weightlifter was something of a *hercules, and he said he could lift a small car.

He was a *titan amongst his peers, respected and feared.


Adjectives for describing how big something (or someone) is

(e.g. a colossal mistake; across the boundless ocean; a tremendous victory)



I made a huge mistake when I left that job.

I didn’t realise that there was a gargantuan interest rate on the loan!

It was a massive error in judgement, but I had to move on.

The man had long been blessed with prodigious strength

The project was enormous in both scope and scale.

The room was capacious, but it was so big, it often got cold.

There was a large hole in the wall.

The house was considerably more commodious (spacious) than the old one.

It was a great honour to meet the Queen.

She glided across the floor in her voluminous gown

The storm caused a major power outage across the city.

It was a herculean task, and there was so little time to get it done.

A vast landscape stretched out before them.

An immense flash of light came from the sky.

There has been a significant downturn in sales this month.

There was a substantial reward offered for the return of the child.

It was a grand display of generosity.

The bag was full of bulky equipment, and bits of it stuck out everywhere.

The hidden treasure consisted of a weighty sum of money.

I was hit with a hefty fine for going through the red light.

It was a heavy load to carry, but he had to get it all home.

The fire caused extensive damage to the building.

He was known in legend as a mighty hero.

It was a monumental error/mistake (in judgement).

I ordered a jumbo burger and fries.

The room was spacious and airy.

We have ample* time to get things done.

*can mean ‘plenty’ or ‘(more than) enough’

There was a whopping hole in the floor!

The man was a giant in the corporate world.

We ordered a generous amount of food.

There was a gigantic parade, with people filling the streets for miles.

There was a colossal statue in the middle of the city.

The corporation posed a formidable challenge to the small business

The inheritance was a sizeable amount.

There was a considerable amount of mold growing on the ceiling.

The task of rebuilding the business was a *titanic effort that involved every employee.

He set us a *mammoth task.

They sailed across the *boundless ocean.


Adverbs for describing the size or scale of an action or status

(e.g. immensely wealthy; significantly unimpressed; vastly underestimated)



I was hugely impressed by the plans for the development of the town.

They eat and drank capaciously, so none of them felt well the next day!

The land was massively underdeveloped, so it sold for a low price.

The terms and conditions of the contract were explained commodiously across many pages.

She was enormously grateful for the help they provided.

The dress hung voluminously from her body, trailing along the floor.

The mistakes he made were largely* overlooked when he was promoted.

*meaning ‘mainly’ or ‘mostly’

The consequences of the fault were greatly underestimated by the company.

Their culture is vastly different from ours.

I was tremendously impressed by the new product.

The family were immensely wealthy.

The company was gigantically successful and made a fortune.

The soldiers were significantly outnumbered by the enemy force.

The amount was substantially less than promised

The company was heavily indebted to the bank

The shop interior had been extensively refurbished before re-opening

She tripped and fell during her performance. She said it was monumentally embarrassing.

I was amply rewarded for my efforts.

The little girl was generously rewarded for finding the missing dog

The salaries of the two employees were sizeably different.

She was considerably upset by the outcome

The loss of the contract was *majorly disappointing.






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