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

As his last act, the small but mighty paterfamilias gives an arm and a life to the cause of reproduction. Taylor Maggiacomo, National Geographic, "To mate, this octopus gives life and limb," 17 June 2019 In France and the Netherlands, once-mighty centre-left parties have been reduced to bit players; in Italy and Germany they have been pushed into third place behind populists or Greens. The Economist, "Denmark’s social democrats beat the migrant-bashers at their game," 9 June 2019 The Woodlands Christian Academy graduates small but mighty group The class of 2019 from The Woodlands Christian Academy of just 40 students celebrated big achievements during their graduation. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County education briefs: May 27-31," 4 June 2019 Total Expert Score: n/a | Consumer Score: 95% give it 4 stars or higher Go green on this small but mighty electric riding mower. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Riding Mowers to Shape up Your Lawn This Season," 29 May 2019 In addition to a Fall 2019 collection that pulls prints direct from Bourgeois’s work, there is a small but mighty collaboration with Bourgeois’s own estate and the Hauser & Wirth art gallery: jewelry! Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Simone Rocha Hosts an Intimate Evening to Celebrate Her Louise Bourgeois Collaboration," 2 May 2019 The mini resistance band is a small, but extremely mighty exercise tool. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why You Should Try Sit-ups With a Mini Resistance Band Around Your Wrists," 18 Apr. 2019 Juncos all week has done everything better than mighty McLaren, the Formula One team that dominated Indy in the 1970s. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Kyle Kaiser knocks Alonso, McLaren out of Indy 500," 20 May 2019 The cost of the LRLAP projectile, originally pegged at $50,000 each, ballooned to $800,000 each making them unaffordable to even the mighty U.S. Navy. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing," 17 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Charlie Brown’s uses mighty half-pound beef patties as a base and pairs them with a soft sweetened bun that’s grilled with charred edges, thick slices of fresh pickles, red onion, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill," 28 June 2019 In Germany, the Greens and the socialist Left Party are challenging the once mighty S.P.D. What explains this left-wing revival? John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Why Socialism Is Back," 18 June 2019 June 23 letter to the editor Harry Puncec was mighty nice with his words directed at the NFL Hall of Fame. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Keep the Clean Power Plan; Don’t blame the scooter; America can do better on climate; Hall of Fame is run by louts (6/25/19)," 26 June 2019 The third successful launch of SpaceX’s mighty Falcon Heavy, and its first at night, took off from Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A at 2:30 a.m., marking one of the most complex and technically challenging missions in the company’s history. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy for the third time in its most complex mission yet," 25 June 2019 After all, the 800 or so miles between Agadez and the Libyan border are as beautiful, cruel, and mighty as any ocean. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "How a trip through the Sahara reflects Niger’s fragile state," 13 June 2019 The tiny, but mighty, Bose Home Speaker 300 joins the larger Home Speaker 500 ($399.95; bose.com). Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Bose opens preorders for its tiny, but mighty, Home Speaker 300," 5 June 2019 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

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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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