Meaning of big-note in English:



  • 1Australian, New Zealand no object Display one's wealth ostentatiously.

    ‘I don't want them to think I'm big-noting’
    • ‘That is what he did—big-noting—and he got caught up in it.’
    • ‘He was big-noting for the cameras—as usual.’
    • ‘If you're getting that claustrophobic, painted-into-a-corner feeling, make more room to move by deleting non-essential activities—watching TV, getting cross, big-noting.’
    • ‘He admitted he had been drinking the night before and may have been big-noting.’
    • ‘She failed to appreciate the dangers inherent in his penchant for big-noting.’
    • ‘He could well have been big-noting among his friends and business associates.’
    • ‘Anyone doubting this only had to have witnessed his outrageous big-noting the night before at a cocktail party.’
    • ‘He doesn't say too much, and he doesn't big-note.’
    • ‘You live in a world where you big-note and fantasize about what you do.’
    • ‘Their mate, without big-noting, has turned the tables, big time, on the loudmouth.’
    1. 1.1big-note oneselfwith object Exaggerate one's importance or achievements.
      ‘it was an attempt by a local businessman to big-note himself with the local MP’
      • ‘I'm getting rather sick of hearing you both big-noting yourselves.’
      • ‘He wants to take the credit for them so he can big-note himself.’
      • ‘I miss the good old times of just talking crap, when you'd big-note yourself and I'd scoff quietly to myself.’
      • ‘He tried to brush it off as councillors big-noting themselves by dropping the names of prominent ministers.’
      • ‘I hope there is something more here than just big-noting oneself.’
      • ‘We're thinking this dude is not trying to big-note himself, so this must be true.’
      • ‘She swans around the world, big-noting herself to anyone who cares to listen, while her people are dying on hospital waiting lists.’
      • ‘One of his fellow activists accused him of big-noting himself at the expense of illegal aliens.’
      • ‘No self-respecting politician would miss the chance these days to big-note themselves at a major extension of a beleaguered railway system.’
      • ‘He was self-effacing, he didn't big-note himself, but he was a gifted musician and was quite good with people.’
      brag, crow, swagger, swank, gloat, show off, blow one's own trumpet, sing one's own praises, congratulate oneself, pat oneself on the back


1940s a reference to large-denomination banknotes which, in pre-decimal currency, were also larger in size than the smaller denominations.