having unlimited power; omnipotent, as God.
having very great power, influence, etc.: The almighty press condemned him without trial.
Informal. extreme; terrible: He's in an almighty fix.
Informal. extremely: It's almighty hot.
Origin of almighty
before 900; Middle English; Old English ælmihtig, ealmihtig,Related formsal·might·i·ly, adverbal·might·i·ness, noun
equivalent to æl-, eal- all
(cognate with Old Norse al-
) + mihtig
(miht, meaht might2
+ -ig -y1
); cf. Alemanni
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Related Words for almightyabsolute
British Dictionary definitions for almighty
informal (intensifier)an almighty row
Derived Formsalmightily, adverbalmightiness, noun
informal (intensifier)an almighty loud bang
the Almighty another name for God
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Word Origin and History for almighty
Old English ælmihtig "all-powerful," also a by-name of God; compound of æl (see all) + mihtig (see mighty); common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon alomahtig, Old High German alamahtic, German allmächtig, Old Norse almattigr), perhaps an early Germanic loan-translation of Latin omnipotens (see omnipotent).
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land." [Washington Irving, 1836]
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