might·​i·​ly | \ ˈmī-tə-lē How to pronounce mightily (audio) \

Definition of mightily

1 : in a mighty manner : vigorously applauded mightily
2 : very much depressed me mightily

Examples of mightily in a Sentence

They contributed mightily to the cause. She struggled mightily to read his handwriting. The soldiers fought mightily before finally surrendering.
Recent Examples on the Web The committee members are trying mightily to capture the attention of the public with this reconsideration of the event of 17 months ago. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 In Car and Driver testing, a 2020 model with the V-8 ran to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, mightily impressive for a car weighing around 5000 pounds. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 6 June 2022 But the family’s economic mismanagement and denial of festering problems have also contributed mightily. New York Times, 29 May 2022 James Buchanan and Franklin Pierce both contributed mightily to the nation’s slide into the Civil War, and Andrew Johnson did enduring harm to Reconstruction in the war’s aftermath. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Soaring energy prices, a response to the brisk economic recovery, contributed mightily to the runup in prices. chicagotribune.com, 27 Dec. 2021 Red Sox defensive woes contributed mightily to a .363 batting average on balls in play against him — easily the worst mark in the majors. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Who would have imagined that an illiterate frontier teenager contributed so mightily to America’s future? Peter Cozzens, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Just as the Sasser family contributed mightily to T.R. Miller’s success so too has the family of this year’s starting quarterback. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mightily.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of mightily

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About mightily

Time Traveler for mightily

Time Traveler

The first known use of mightily was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near mightily




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for mightily

Last Updated

23 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Mightily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mightily. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for mightily


might·​i·​ly | \ ˈmī-tə-lē How to pronounce mightily (audio) \

Kids Definition of mightily

1 : very forcefully He shouted mightily.
2 : very much Both cities flourished mightily— Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

More from Merriam-Webster on mightily

Nglish: Translation of mightily for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!