Definitions starting with B

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biggity, bigge(r)ty

/bígati/ [Gul. idem (Rhame 1933:41); cf. Scots biggit wealthy CSD; US dial. South, Mid. biggity "prob. big + -ity quality, state; cf. uppity ... vain, self-important" DARE; "a negro term" DAE] adj. overbearing, pre-sumptuous: 1973 There is a curious streak inherent in the Bahamian's character that hates to see one of his own race succeed, and delights in the downfall of his bold brother—"Serve him right—he too biggety" (Missick 66). 1974 Biggety Jamaicans (King 20). 1978 Biggity, a term used in the Bahamas to mean 'egotistical' or 'bumptious' (Bethel 27). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-09-04 15:43
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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