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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Synonyms & Antonyms for mighty

Synonyms: Adjective

astronomical (also astronomic), bumper, colossal, cosmic (also cosmical), elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, grand, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, king-size (or king-sized), leviathan, mammoth, massive, mega, monster, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, oceanic, planetary, prodigious, super, supersize, supersized, titanic, tremendous, vast, vasty, walloping, whacking, whopping

Synonyms: Adverb

achingly, almighty, archly, awful, awfully, badly, beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, dang, deadly, desperately, eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly (also exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly, intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mortally, most, much, particularly, passing, real, really, right, roaring, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, uncommonly, vastly, very, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly

Antonyms: Adjective

bantam, bitty, diminutive, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microminiature, microscopic (also microscopical), midget, miniature, minuscule, minute, pocket, pygmy, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee

Antonyms: Adverb

little, negligibly, nominally, slightly, somewhat

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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

Hard Rock, with its mighty branding and global network of gaming customers, was expected to capture a healthy customer base right out of the gate. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Atlantic City holds its breath as Hard Rock, Ocean debut in shells of failed Trump Taj Mahal and Revel casinos," 27 June 2018 The Tigers’ 14th win of the season, the one where Jordan Zimmermann pitched with the flu and the defense tried its mightiest to cough up the lead, will be remembered as the game Leonys Martin tried to catch a fly ball with his face. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Martin, Tigers get the bounces — mostly — in win over Royals," 5 May 2018 Raw and wild, Denali National Park and Preserve is home to North America's mightiest mountain and is a bucket-list trip for many travelers. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Taking in Denali National Park and ‘The Great One’," 3 May 2018 Their powerhouse Golden State Warriors, winners of two of the past three NBA championships and sporting a gaudy 261-60 regular-season record since Steve Kerr became head coach, suddenly look more meek than mighty. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors slump has fans rattled," 30 Mar. 2018 Favorites such as mighty Duke already has two losses (Boston College and North Carolina State) in the Athletic Coast Conference and Arizona State, the preseason hot ticket in the Pac-12, also has two conference losses. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "West Virginia rises while others fall: College Basketball 2018 (video)," 8 Jan. 2018 And because its smell is so beautiful, its popularity in beauty products and fragrances across the globe is challenged perhaps only by the mighty rose. Erin Flaherty, Marie Claire, "Beauty Travels: Exploring India’s Centuries-Old Obsession with Jasmine," 6 Dec. 2017 How will the stellar student spend his summer after this mighty win? Noelia Trujillo, Woman's Day, "New York City Student, 13, Wins National Spelling Bee with 'Knaidel'," 31 May 2013 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

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 The second-floor deck at Edgewater is fairly compact — three tables and a lounge area — but the view is mighty: Pewaukee Lake stretches out before you, and a late dinner comes complete with gorgeous sunsets. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 There are some debates around the edges about just how much electrification is practical—maybe not everything—but the consensus is mighty broad. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 So that’s what Alvaro Rivera and other artisans in one small Colombian town along the Venezuelan border are doing — using the once mighty bolivar as raw material to make handbags, bird sculptures and other curios. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuela's currency is worth so little that artisans are making purses out it," 20 June 2018 The reunion show this season should be mighty interesting. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Bachelorette' drops Orlando man," 19 June 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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