What does he is kind of big deal mean?

In this dictionary, it means an important person

In another dictionary, it means A sarcastic way of referring to some one who has had an incredible run of good fortune.

I am living in Australia, big deal also adds some sort of arrogant in it. So, he is kind of big deal also means he thinks he is important person and allow himself to be arrogant

  • Picture worth a thousand words
    – Tushar Raj
    Jul 6, 2015 at 8:18
  • It basically means he's important, but may be used sarcastically in several different ways. The definitions you quote capture the range of meanings pretty well.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 6, 2015 at 12:36
  • what does "incredible run of good fortune" mean?
    – Tom
    Jul 6, 2015 at 14:19
  • Note: we normally say that someone is a big deal, with the article (and by ‘normally’, I mean that I have never in my life heard it without the article from any native English speaker). “Big deal” with no article is only used in its other use, as a sarcastic exclamation meaning “Yeah, so what? I don’t care”. Jul 6, 2015 at 17:21

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As you indicate, big deal means important person. The phrase kind of is a modifier that means

to a moderate degree : somewhat - it's kind of late to begin


When coupled with a reference to something serious or important, it is a form of understatement or meiosis

a euphemistic figure of speech that intentionally understates something or implies that it is lesser in significance or size than it really is.


The speaker is suggesting that the person referred to really is important.

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