mighty

adjective
\ˈmī-tē \
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

The four latest additions to the small but mighty catalogue of gravitational wave-makers were all observed between July and August 2017. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Ancient black hole collision is the most massive researchers have ever observed," 3 Dec. 2018 Common van bases include the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Ram Promaster, and these small but mighty campers can be basic—think bed and storage—or have full of extras like bathrooms, dining areas, and room to sleep six. Megan Barber, Curbed, "From tiny trailers to huge RVs, a definitive guide to every type of camper," 16 Aug. 2018 Where to Eat and Drink Marfa’s food scene is small but mighty. Hannah Zisman, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat and Drink in Marfa, Texas," 24 July 2018 The small but mighty Museum of African American History honors the life and work of the African American community who lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill in the 19th century and propelled the abolitionist and civil rights movements forward. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Museums in Boston You'll Want To Visit," 17 July 2018 At least it’s ahead of the once-mighty AOL, which sits at a paltry 0.03 percent. Jon Porter, The Verge, "DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day," 12 Oct. 2018 And now, mainstream pop culture is grabbing the broomstick and gifting us two new shows anchored by the modern, mighty witch this fall. Aimee Lutkin, Marie Claire, "Charmed, Sabrina, and the Return of the Dark Witch," 6 Sep. 2018 Britain suffers from an over-mighty executive; Italy from chronically weak government; Israel from small, domineering factions. The Economist, "American democracy’s built-in bias towards rural Republicans," 12 July 2018 Young Iranians learn that the 7th-century conquest and subsequent conversion to Islam of the once-mighty Persian empire by a much weaker Arab Muslim army was, in fact, an affirmation of Iran’s resilience. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The drama of those origins—the smallish overflow that became so mighty a force—is enormous, and the film’s writers make the most of it. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘America’s Mississippi’ Review: Overflowing With Life," 29 Nov. 2018 The cumulative effect of all this unhelpful commentary was mighty. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "What Exactly Does It Mean to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Depression?," 19 Nov. 2018 Is all of this patently ridiculous coming from someone who has perpetually hitched her wagon to Trump’s star, and mighty convenient timing in terms of propping up potential book sales? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Omarosa May Be Ridiculous, But She’s Not a “Terror”," 13 Aug. 2018 Davies, reached two days later, was also whirling in delirium, since only minutes before, mighty Germany, the 2014 champ, had just fallen to South Korea in the game’s twilight moments, one of the great upsets in the sport’s history. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Men in Blazers: 'This is easily the greatest World Cup in the history of the entire universe'," 2 July 2018 One-year-old Rocco might be young, but with a pile of fur, the Old English Sheepdog is mighty in size. Kayla Nicole Isaacs, Woman's Day, "Watch This Chair Adorably Defeat the World's Fluffiest Sheepdog," 25 July 2016 Beautiful weekend: The weekend is looking mighty fine. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Scattered showers or storms possible through evening, with a better chance of rain Friday," 5 July 2018 The still, while mighty, will produce only 14 barrels worth of bourbon per day, tour captain Lauren Oliver said. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Old Forester puts its rich history on display at its now-open distillery," 14 June 2018 As a symbol, Mr. Weinstein’s arrest looms large: The image of him, once mighty, now shuffled along, his hands pinned behind his back in three sets of cuffs, is indelible. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, "Weinstein in Handcuffs Is a ‘Start to Justice’ for His Accusers," 25 May 2018

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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)

: to a great degree

mighty

adjective
\ˈmī-tē \
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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