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

Travel to Delano for some mighty fine sweet wine at Savannah Oaks Winery. Mary Ann Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Old-fashioned road trip leads to East Tennessee culinary gems," 30 Aug. 2019 Puerto Morelos is the definition of small but mighty. Patrice J. Williams, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Puerto Morelos, Mexico," 31 July 2019 On a recent sweltering afternoon in late June, legendary Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders stood underneath the boughs of the mighty oaks that form a canopy of shade in front of Detroit Golf Club. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "20 years later, Barry Sanders 'not sure' he'd change his retirement," 22 July 2019 These small but mighty seeds have omega-3s, fiber, protein, essential minerals, and antioxidants. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 Men want to be the all powerful, the all mighty, both mentally and physically. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "How many tall people does it take to start a club?," 7 July 2019 The Raptors, in their 24th season of existence, rallied from two games down to beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals then took down the mighty Warriors on their home floor to deny Golden State a three-peat. Janie Mccauley, Anchorage Daily News, "Toronto survives thriller of a Game 6 to win NBA title, denying Golden State Warriors a three-peat," 14 June 2019 Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stately Queen Anne near Lake Michigan asks $429K," 27 Dec. 2018 State Champs Another band holding that pop-punk torch high and mighty. Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "10 not-to-miss bands at final Vans Warped Tour," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That honor goes to mighty Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, who perform together on Sept. 6, the opening night concert at Chase. Jim Harrington, The Denver Post, "Golden State Warriors unveil stunning new arena in San Francisco," 27 Aug. 2019 Analysis: Melifonwu is mighty tempting, as a 6-foot-4-inch coverage safety and special teamer. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s one 53-man roster projection for the Patriots," 19 Aug. 2019 To be sure, the phone’s 4G speed was still mighty fast, up to 117 megabytes. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "These Providence 5G cellphone speeds are almost hot to handle," 14 Aug. 2019 The August marquee will get mighty crowded this weekend as five new films open nationwide. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office Preview: 'Hobbs & Shaw' to Drench 'Racing in the Rain,' 'Dora,' 'The Kitchen'," 8 Aug. 2019 Fiers must have been feeling mighty comfortable May 7. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "‘Stay calm, make pitches’: A’s Mike Fiers riding high since rough April," 2 Aug. 2019 The accounting scandals will no doubt make those foreign investors mighty nervous. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "In India and China, Scandals Blunt Investor Confidence: CEO Daily," 1 Aug. 2019 These include the Siberian Traps, where mighty, prolonged eruptions likely triggered the worst mass extinction in Earth’s history. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "This is our best look yet at the solar system's most volcanic object," 18 July 2019 At these Prime Day deal prices, even the Fire TV Cube is mighty appealing. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Here's Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices," 15 July 2019

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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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More Definitions for mighty

mighty

adjective

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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