From a northern Middle English dialectal term big, bigge possibly from a dialect of Old Norse. Ultimately perhaps a derivative of Proto-Germanic *bugja- ("swollen up, thick"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu-, in which case big would be related to bogey#Etymology_1, [[bugbear, and bug.
Compare dialectal Norwegian bugge, Low German Bögge, Boggelmann.
From Middle English biggen, byggen, from Old Norse byggja, byggva, a secondary form of Old Norse búa ("to dwell"), related to Old English buan ("to dwell"). Cognate with Danish bygge, Swedish bygga.
From Middle English byge, from Old Norse bygg ("barley, probably Hordeum vulgare, common barley"), from Proto-Germanic *bewwuz ("crop, barley"). Cognate with Old English bēow.
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