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

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James produced one of the best moments in sports history as teammates, rallying from 3-1 down to win the 2016 NBA Finals against the mighty Golden State Warriors. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Kyrie Irving on Reuniting with LeBron James: "We'll See What Management Decides"," 12 June 2018 Jayson Home doesn't just sell antiques and vintage furniture, but the Flea section of the site has a small-but-mighty collection to offer in both furniture and decor. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's Where to Buy Vintage Furniture Online, No Matter What Your Style Is," 29 Mar. 2019 Cancer caught up to him before the villains of his own stories could, and soon the world’s mightiest heroes had to take a break. Janus Kwong, Seventeen, "How One Teen Used Writing to Connect with Her Dying Dad," 18 Mar. 2019 And, at the very same time, a mighty, pervasive and corrosive double standard belies the Klobuchar stories. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Women Will Never Truly Be Equal Until They're Allowed to Get Angry," 13 Feb. 2019 The once mighty Yamuna — after being dammed upstream to provide electricity for the region surrounding India's capital, New Delhi — now runs low and thick with trash and untreated waste, and blooms with insect-attracting algae. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 Barry Jenkins’s film adaptation of Baldwin’s work radiates the message that in small acts of love, there is a mighty power. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 For anyone who spent the last 10 years dutifully following the lives of the mightiest Marvel heroes across the galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War was an emotionally devastating movie. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Sure, the Horned Frogs won the National Invitational Tournament a year ago, a mighty accomplishment in Jamie Dixon’s first season coaching his alma mater. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Senior moment: Williams early, Vlad late seal TCU win in home finale | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The pair of projects kicking off the endeavor look mighty helpful indeed. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft revives PowerToys with open-source tools for Windows 10 power users," 8 May 2019 Grey's Anatomy episode 22 of season 15 was mighty intense on Thursday night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Are EXPLODING Over What Happened With Jo and Alex," 19 Apr. 2019 Newton's gorgeous curls were pulled into a low ponytail, perhaps in an effort to leave the spotlight to her daughter, whose beautiful, middle-parted curls are making me mighty envious. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Thandie Newton and Her 14-Year-Old Daughter Nico Parker Basically Look Like Twins," 12 Mar. 2019 Daytime temperatures mainly in the mid-60s to about 70 felt mighty nice after those 90-degree temperatures of late. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: We’ll see more rain through Sunday, but it may not amount to much," 5 May 2018 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

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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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