1 of 2


mightier; mightiest
: possessing might : powerful
: accomplished or characterized by might
a mighty thrust
: great or imposing in size or extent : extraordinary


2 of 2


: extremely, very
a mighty handy gadget
Using Mighty as an Intensive: Usage Guide

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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Word History

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mighty. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
mightier; mightiest
: having might : powerful, strong
a mighty army
: done by might : showing great power
mighty deeds
: very great
a mighty famine
mightiness noun


2 of 2 adverb
: very entry 2 sense 1, extremely
mighty proud of you

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