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[mahy-tee]
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adjective, might·i·er, might·i·est.
  1. having, characterized by, or showing superior power or strength: mighty rulers.
  2. of great size; huge: a mighty oak.
  3. great in amount, extent, degree, or importance; exceptional: a mighty accomplishment.
adverb
  1. Informal. very; extremely: I'm mighty pleased.
noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) mighty persons collectively (usually preceded by the): the rich and the mighty.

Origin of mighty

before 900; Middle English; Old English mihtig. See might2, -y1
Related formsmight·i·ness, nouno·ver·might·y, adjectivequa·si-might·y, adjective

Synonyms

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1. strong, puissant. See powerful. 2. immense, enormous, tremendous, sizable.

Antonyms

1. feeble. 2. small.
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Examples from the Web for mighty

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Historical Examples

  • Then I heard a mighty voice, that seemed to proceed from within the Parthenon.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I tell you, it's a mighty good thing we got your brains to depend on.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It increases in strength and warmth, blowing with a mighty roar.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • In this mighty enterprise, the cow shall be my great confederate.

  • It was a mighty voice lifted for right and against oppression.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook


British Dictionary definitions for mighty

mighty

adjective mightier or mightiest
    1. having or indicating might; powerful or strong
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the mighty
  1. very large; vast
  2. very great in extent, importance, etc
adverb
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian (intensifier)he was mighty tired
Derived Formsmightiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mighty

adj.

Old English mihtig, earlier mæhtig, from miht (see might (n.)). Cf. Old Frisian mechtig, Old Saxon mahtig, Dutch machtig, German mächtig. As an adverb, it is attested from c.1300, though now considered colloquial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with mighty

mighty

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