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 Mayor Lori Lightfoot, introduced as another small but mighty woman, stood on a stone bench that acted as a stage for speeches. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges people to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by voting," 19 Sep. 2020 Getting that sort of performance for $700 less than before sounds mighty enticing indeed. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $500 GeForce RTX 3070 gets an October 15 release date," 12 Sep. 2020 All of Utah’s partner states sharing the Colorado River’s water are urging the federal government to halt the Lake Powell pipeline, opening a schism in the interstate compact that has divvied up the mighty river’s flow for the past century. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Surrounding states bash Utah’s Lake Powell pipeline project," 9 Sep. 2020 The Great River Road, arguably the queen of American road trips, is a National Scenic Byway that follows the mighty Mississippi River through 10 states and for thousands of miles. Katy Spratte Joyce, Travel + Leisure, "9 Stops You Should Make on a Great River Road Trip," 29 Aug. 2020 The waters of China's mighty Yangtze River have inched upward in recent weeks, cresting banks, flooding adjacent land, and displacing millions of people from their homes. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Why China’s catastrophic floods will barely dent its economy," 8 Aug. 2020 Tiny but mighty, the Godox LEDM32 Smartphone Mini Light has a small clip on the back that fit easily on a phone and provided an extremely bright light. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "The best ring lights of 2020," 7 Aug. 2020 Papaya is a mooch fruit that’s only success is due to the mighty lime. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Not a fan of funky papaya? Try it green with these recipes for National Papaya Month," 10 Sep. 2020 The bet here, though, is there will still be a pair from the mighty SEC. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Predictions for the 2020 college football season," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Slater, a Stanford alum, seemed to feel mighty comfortable before the groin injury. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Austin Slater returns, hits leadoff against Diamondbacks’ Madison Bumgarner," 5 Sep. 2020 That’s mighty impressive, especially considering he was recruited to play receiver. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Adjusting expectations for Cowboys’ rookies, including two pass-rushers prized for technique," 4 Aug. 2020 However, love could turn out to be mighty expensive. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 26 June 2020 Anderson has come mighty far since the rubber collars and paisley prints of his very first womenswear collection. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "JW Anderson Drew The Coolest Crowd Of London Fashion Week So Far," 19 Feb. 2020 Consumer Score: 93% rated it 4 stars or higher Small but mighty, this microwave can fit in the tiniest of spaces. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Microwaves for Your Countertop," 4 Feb. 2020 Russell Baker, a witty op-ed columnist and award-winning memoirist, deftly skewered the high and mighty without fear or favor. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 31 Dec. 2019 Not a day has gone by on which An Everlasting Meal has not made me mighty. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Week in Books: An Everlasting Meal," 7 Apr. 2020 Small but mighty, the Apollo’s Singers ensemble formed the backbone of the performance Saturday. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Apollo’s Fire makes vibrant case for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in holiday canon," 17 Dec. 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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The first known use of mighty was before the 12th century

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28 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mighty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mighty. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for mighty

mighty

adjective
How to pronounce mighty (audio)

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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