mighty

1 of 2

adjective

mightier; mightiest
1
: possessing might : powerful
2
: accomplished or characterized by might
a mighty thrust
3
: great or imposing in size or extent : extraordinary

mighty

2 of 2

adverb

: 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
And three are pitmasters at a small but mighty barbecue shop on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Goldee’s. Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2023 This small but mighty cleaning kit is like the Swiss Army Knife of earbud cleaning kits with its compact size and variety of brushes, which include a flocking sponge, high-density brush, and metal pen tip. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2023 Task lighting, artwork, two wall hooks, and an umbrella holder complete this small but mighty entrance designed by Tamsin Johnson Interiors. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 12 Jan. 2023 The new year’s first batch of new music releases is small but mighty, with Iggy Pop leading the way and other strong titles coming from Anti-Flag, Zach Bryan, Moby, Sylvan Esso and Sugababes (all subject to change)... Gary Graff, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2023 The lineup is small but mighty, with an emphasis on rootsy, homegrown sounds and regional acts. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2023 This compact jewelry organizer is small but mighty. Nicola Fumo, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Jan. 2023 Peyton's second sequel once again stars Rudd as the small but mighty Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Clark Collis, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2022 The Anova Culinary Precision Port Handheld Vacuum Sealer is a small but mighty cordless device that has the ability to vacuum seal with the single touch of a button. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Dec. 2022
Adverb
Look on this work, ye mighty of Hollywood, and rejoice. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023 American men and women were mighty busy after the war. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 24 Sep. 2012 Nothing can duplicate history, but with a martini in hand, the embrace of wood-paneling and a flickering fireplace feels mighty close. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 But the federal government does its mighty best to discourage them from doing that. John C. Goodman, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Perhaps the space agency has something else in the works, but for the moment, the Artemis missions are looking mighty expensive to keep up. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 19 Dec. 2022 With 835 horsepower on tap, the available Quad-Motor powertrain makes the R1S mighty quick, hitting 60 mph in 3.1 seconds at our test track. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 16 Dec. 2022 This little Texas gem is in the midst of the Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning the stargazing is mighty fine here. Caroline Mckenzie, Country Living, 16 Nov. 2022 Its brass arms, marble base, and glass sparkles would look mighty chic amid silver and gold mantel decor. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Adverb

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 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

mighty

1 of 2 adjective
mightier; mightiest
1
: having might : powerful, strong
a mighty army
2
: done by might : showing great power
mighty deeds
3
: very great
a mighty famine
mightiness noun

mighty

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

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