adjective, strong·er [strawng-ger, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gər, ˈstrɒŋ-/, strong·est [strawng-gist, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gɪst, ˈstrɒŋ-/.
- (of Germanic verbs) having vowel change in the root in inflected forms, as the English verbs sing, sang, sung; ride, rode, ridden.
- (of Germanic nouns and adjectives) inflected with endings that are generally distinctive of case, number, and gender, as German alter Mann “old man.”
- belonging to the morphophonemically less regular of two inflectional subtypes.
- strong accumulation point,
- strong breeze,
- strong derived set,
- strong drink,
- strong force
Origin of strong
Examples from the Web for strong
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.
In a romantic relationship, facing humiliation or awkwardness is a strong possibility.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The strong ties he would cultivate with America were first instilled by his American mother.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.
The blast was so strong,” he said, “we thought the world was ending.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At that age and in its then condition a strong ruler--native if possible, if not, foreign--was by far the best hope for Ireland.The Story Of Ireland|Emily Lawless
It was during this period of her life that she won a friendship quite as strong and quite as precious as that of old Grossetete.The Village Rector|Honore de Balzac
But the strong arm of the law was apparently under its pillow in delicious slumber.Pee-wee Harris on the Trail|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Why was he not strong in health and body like the people about him, and yet for whom did he wish to labor?Jack|Alphonse Daudet
She regards him with the growing thought that he is good and strong.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
adjective stronger (ˈstrɒŋɡə) or strongest (ˈstrɒŋɡɪst)
- (postpositive) containing or having a specified numbera navy 40 000 strong
- (in combination)a 40 000-strong navy
- denoting or belonging to a class of verbs, in certain languages including the Germanic languages, whose conjugation shows vowel gradation, as sing, sang, sung
- belonging to any part-of-speech class, in any of various languages, whose inflections follow the less regular of two possible patternsCompare weak (def. 10)
Word Origin for strong
Old English strang "physically powerful, powerful in effect, forceful, severe," from Proto-Germanic *strangaz (cf. Old Norse strangr "strong," Dutch streng "strict, rigorous," Old High German strang "strong, bold, hard," German streng "strict, rigorous"). Originally compared strenger, strengest (cf. old/elder/eldest). Grammatical sense, of noun and verb inflections, is first attested 1841, translating German stark, used in a grammatical sense by J. Grimm (the terms strong and weak better fit German inflections). Strong suit (1865) is from card-playing. Strong man "man of great strength" (especially one who displays it professionally) is recorded from 1690s; meaning "dominating man in a political organization" is from 1859.
Old English strange (alongside strongly), from the same source as strong (adj.). Going strong (1898) is from racing. To come on strong was originally come it strong (1812).
In addition to the idioms beginning with strong
- strong point
- strong silent type
- strong suit
- come on strong