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

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 Transmission lines are like mighty rivers that feed into urban water distribution systems, where the water/power travels to the end of the line and is consumed. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 The concrete panels laid out here model that massive basin, and the model was employed for several decades by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to figure out how to control the mighty river. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Or take the time to travel across the mighty Ohio River to the Colgate Clock in Clarksville, Indiana. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "See two of the 'World's Largest' items without leaving Louisville," 7 June 2018 One of Europe's biggest glaciers, the Great Aletsch coils 14 miles through the Swiss Alps — and yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Why climate scientists want to be thought of as the real 'climate skeptics'," 18 May 2018 Gigantic cliffs, a seemingly endless sea of trees and the mighty Columbia River occupy the occasional long view. The trail itself is rocky underfoot and a bit narrow in places. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "First look at PCT after Columbia gorge fire shows scorched landscape, signs of life," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

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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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