mighty

adjective
\ ˈmī-tē How to pronounce mighty (audio) \
mightier; mightiest

Definition of mighty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing might : powerful
2 : accomplished or characterized by might a mighty thrust
3 : great or imposing in size or extent : extraordinary

mighty

adverb

Definition of mighty (Entry 2 of 2)

: extremely, very a mighty handy gadget

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Using Mighty as an Intensive: Usage Guide

Adverb

Mighty used as an intensive usually conveys a folksy down-home feeling. plain and simple fare … but mighty filling and mighty satisfying Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times It is used especially to create a chatty style turnip greens, corn bread and biscuits. That sounds mighty good to me — Julia Child or to stress a rural atmosphere. a man must be mighty serious about his squirrel hunting — Stuart Williams, Field & Stream In a more formal context, mighty is used to create emphasis by drawing attention to itself. the chairman made sure that there were mighty few of them — Mollie Panter-Downes

Examples of mighty in a Sentence

Adjective The barbarians faced a mighty army. the decline of a mighty empire With a mighty leap, he jumped across the stream. A mighty famine devastated the land. It took a mighty effort to get everything done on time. Adverb Your father and I are mighty proud of you. That was a mighty tasty dinner. He made the offer mighty appealing. She has some mighty important decisions to make. It sure was mighty cold last night. We're mighty glad to be here.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Anyone hoping for Dwayne Johnson to show up as Hubert Humphrey, securing his nomination as the Democratic candidate with a thump of his mighty fists, will be disappointed. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Aaron Sorkin Puts America on Trial," 17 Oct. 2020 The once-mighty German industrial group has built its business around steel since the 19th Century, but the unit has become a cash drain due to low prices. Eyk Henning, Bloomberg.com, "Thyssenkrupp Jumps as Gupta’s Liberty Said to Bid for Steel Unit," 16 Oct. 2020 Small but mighty, this little powerhouse delivers airflow up to 100 miles per hour. Sian Babish And Jennifer Manfrin, chicagotribune.com, "Best Prime Day 2020 deals for people at home," 14 Oct. 2020 My friend had identified a mighty American tradition and placed my face within it. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "My Mustache, My Self," 14 Oct. 2020 What couldn’t be erased was how the pandemic has hammered business at the retail plazas planted where the mighty mills that helped win World War II used to be. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "The 150-mile bike trail from Maryland to Pennsylvania puts the cares of 2020 behind you," 13 Oct. 2020 But this close study of the dynamics of power confines itself, with daring economy, to the dawn of his mission, suggesting how small, determined steps can produce a mighty spirit of resistance. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Even from home, this year’s New York Film Festival was a virtual celebration of cinema’s power," 12 Oct. 2020 Ideal for an at-home workspace or cozy bedroom, the Lasko 754200 ($28.84) is a small-but-mighty personal space heater that took us by surprise with its powerful stream of hot air. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "8 toasty space heaters you can buy on sale right now," 30 Sep. 2020 Yesterday's rotisserie chicken, already boldly seasoned, makes a mighty good salad. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Chicken salad for the end of summer," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But with the season opener at Minnesota on Saturday, the Wolverines' receivers corps is mighty inexperienced. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan football will replace Nico Collins' production: With speed, athleticism," 20 Oct. 2020 This Santa is a gun-toting hellraiser who’s gruff, bitter and feeling mighty unappreciated. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "‘Fatman’ trailer: Alabama’s Walton Goggins is hitman aiming for Santa," 9 Oct. 2020 For a young writer who knew jazz mostly from records, this was mighty seductive. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "The Stanley Crouch I Knew," 29 Sep. 2020 Kids who use dark play to explore violence, sin, and sorrow can make their parents mighty uncomfortable. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Playing bad can shape behavior, but not in the way you think," 28 Sep. 2020 Ryan Tannehill has looked mighty good for the Titans, who haven't got as much as expected from Derrick Henry in close wins over the Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals among 11 remaining unbeaten NFL teams after Week 2," 22 Sep. 2020 Life was mighty fine until this March, when the coronavirus pandemic officially hit, and in one unimaginable edict from the state capital, dining out in Cleveland came to a full dead stop. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Cleveland chef Doug Katz lays Fire Food and Drink to rest to focus on Zhug, Chutney B. and his Chimi ghost kitchen," 15 Sep. 2020 Slater, a Stanford alum, seemed to feel mighty comfortable before the groin injury. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Austin Slater returns, hits leadoff against Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner," 5 Sep. 2020 That’s mighty impressive, especially considering he was recruited to play receiver. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Adjusting expectations for Cowboys’ rookies, including two pass-rushers prized for technique," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mighty

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mighty. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for mighty

mighty

adjective
How to pronounce mighty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mighty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having or showing great strength or power
: very great

mighty

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of mighty (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : to a great degree

mighty

adjective
\ ˈmī-tē How to pronounce mighty (audio) \
mightier; mightiest

Kids Definition of mighty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having great power or strength a mighty nation
2 : done by or showing great power or strength mighty deeds
3 : great in size or effect a mighty famine

mighty

adverb

Kids Definition of mighty (Entry 2 of 2)

: very entry 1 sense 1 a mighty good friend

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